The exact causes of anxiety and anxiety disorder are unknown.
This makes it difficult to prevent anxiety disorder or predict who will develop
the condition. However, much research is being done in this area, and there are
steps you can take to reduce your anxiety and minimize future attacks.
indicate that early intervention for children who show signs of anxiety is
effective in producing a long-term reduction in anxiety problems. In one study of preschool children, those whose parents intervened
early had better results. Children were chosen if they showed withdrawn or
inhibited behaviors, which are some of the best identified risk factors for
later anxiety. In this particular study,
parents participated in an anxiety awareness education program. Children whose
parents participated in the education program showed a big decrease in anxiety
results are encouraging. For adults as well as children, early treatment is the
best way to prevent future problems. Many people avoid asking for help with an
anxiety problem because they are embarrassed. They may feel that having a
mental health problem is an indication of failure. Alternately, they may fear
that other people will think less of them. It is important to remember that
anxiety disorder is an illness. With treatment and lifestyle changes, you can
keep your symptoms under control and prevent many anxiety problems.
If you are experiencing anxiety, it’s important to
reduce stress in your life. Find ways to relax. Exercise is a great way to
relieve stress. Take walks regularly, join an exercise class or gym, or practice
yoga. In addition to exercise, you might want to take breaks from your routine
or plan a vacation. If you enjoy a particular hobby, make time for it. Do
things that make you feel better and more relaxed.
Eating a healthy diet will make you feel better both
physically and mentally. Don’t stress over food choices, but try to eat a wide
variety of fresh, healthy foods. Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
whenever possible. Avoid greasy, sugary, high-fat processed foods. Remember
that what feeds your body also feeds your brain.
Keeping a Journal
No one knows you better than you do. Keeping a journal
is a great way to track your moods, stress, and anxiety. Many people find that
identifying and writing down their problems makes them easier to deal with. If
you are working with a mental health specialist, a journal can help both of you
figure out what triggers your stress and what helps you feel better.
Avoiding Unhealthy Substances
While tobacco, drugs, and alcohol are often called
stress relievers, using them actually damages the body, making it harder for you
to handle stress and anxiety. Caffeine, too, can cause or increase anxiety. Addiction
to these substances can lead to additional anxiety and stress, and withdrawal
can create anxiety as well. If you are addicted and need help to quit, talk to
your doctor or find a support group that can help you.
In general, the things that make and keep you healthy
will also help you cope with stress and anxiety and avoid future symptoms.