Getting Help for Anxiety in Today's World

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Anxiety is a condition that can be crippling for many people, and in today's world there are many causes that contribute to people's symptoms. The current state of world affairs and our attitudes towards anxiety and other mental illness also play a factor in how people perceive anxiety in themselves and others.

There are some encouraging trends occurring in our society concerning anxiety and other mental illnesses. Many people have come forward and explained their feelings and the symptoms to employers, friends, family and others more openly than ever before. People disclosing their conditions and being honest about their feelings are arriving in huge numbers, and anxiety as well as other mental illnesses are becoming less stigmatized and more accepted gradually

Employers have also taken notice of these conditions in a more practical and helpful manner in many places. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) are in place in many workplaces that make it possible for workers to get the help that they need. Also on all levels of society, people are becoming more accepting of those with anxiety and other mental illnesses. In past times people looked down on those who had issues, but these days it is becoming acceptable and desirable to disclose your issues if you have them.

Humanity is at a turning point in history, and many are willing to extend themselves to those who have anxiety or other mental issues and make it a point to help those who suffer in many ways where they did not before.  Many people don't really know what to say if they've never experienced any of these issues before themselves, however this is not stopping people from being more accepting of anxiety and other mental illnesses these days.

Remember, if you need any support regarding you as an individual or with your relationship, feel free to contact us today to learn how we can help.

6 Ways To Calm Anxiety

Racing thoughts and a horrible, terrible feeling that something bad is going to happen? It's anxiety and you're not alone. Most of us deal with anxiety in one form or another, at some point in our lives. Thankfully, there are some ways you can control it. In the following paragraphs, we're going to break down six ways you can help calm your anxiety. 

Write about it:

Although it may feel awkward at first, journaling is a great way to get out your feelings and express yourself. You don't have to show anyone, so don't worry about proof reading or spelling. Just jot down what's bugging you. Sometimes you'll find that once it's out on paper, it doesn't seem like such a big deal.

Talk It Out:

Discuss your feelings with a good friend or counselor. Sometimes just putting our thoughts into words makes it seem easier to handle. Plus, the person you speak with may have some ideas about what you can do to work through your problems. 

Get Exercise:

Sure, it can be hard to start this one if you're not used to moving your body, but we guarantee it will be worth it. Once you get moving, those endorphins kick in and make everything seem easier to handle. 

Use Fragrance:

Essential oils like lavender and peppermint can be great for stress relief and relaxation. Try putting a small amount on your temples or use an oil warmer to fill your entire home with a calming scent. 

Avoid Caffeine:

Although coffee always seems like a good idea, it can usually make stress and anxiety worse. If you need a warm beverage, try instead some herbal tea with a little milk. 

Avoid Alcohol:

Sometimes we just want to escape and alcohol seems like the perfect way to do it. But, in the morning, you're going to feel a lot worse and the same feelings will still be there. They may even be worse, especially if you're dealing with regret from the way you acted while intoxicated. 

Anxiety is hard to handle. Try the tips above, but if you still need help or someone to talk to, we're here for you at Albuquerque Family Counseling. Contact us if you have any questions or to schedule an appointment.

By the way, if you need any support regarding you as an individual or with your relationship, feel free to contact us today to learn how we can help.