In my last post I discussed what Generalized Anxiety Disorder is, and what some of the common symptoms can be, and how it manifests in my life. In this post I would like to discuss some of the solutions to the issues caused by GAD. I have been doing lots of researching to come up with what I think is a good, basic starting place to address general anxiety worries. I will be trying all of these myself.
If you have an anxiety, or panic disorder relaxing is hard to do sometimes. It certainly doesn't come easily to most of us, and when we try to relax we often feel even more panicky, and a viscous cycle is born.
One thing that I have found helpful is going to Youtube, and searching for relaxation videos. We all have different tastes in what we might find the most relaxing, but for relief of general panic, and anxiety I would recommend guided meditations, and progressive relaxation exercises. They're different, and the latter is one you can learn to do on your own so that you have access to it anytime, and anywhere. Many CBT programs use progressive relaxation to teach body awareness, so that we know what tense, and relaxed feels like in order to know when we are getting keyed up before we are at a high level of anxiety. These relaxation techniques need to be practiced daily, and not used for only when you're in a panic ridden state already. Of course, one can utilize them as needed when in a state of high anxiety, but for it to be effective it needs to be practiced when we're not already anxious. Much like exercise, we have to put in the effort routinely, or the results won't be very impressive.
A couple of videos that I like for this is these:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive behavior therapy is a big part of restructuring how we see the world, and respond. Some do okay with self-help, and others may need the extra guidance, and structure of a therapist. If you choose self-help below is one of the best guides I found. It is the one I am going to use.
CBT- Self Help
Other treatments and helpful links:
GAD-Helpguide.com - Lots of helpful info.
CBT- Self-help resources
One final note.
Many of you might have noticed that I left medication off of the list of tools. It certainly can be a useful tool for some to calm anxiety. I have not found it useful long term, but some do. That is something I feel best left to talk to your doctor about, and feel I cannot advise on such matters from a blog post perspective.