Coping with Anxiety
Anxiety is when a client endorses symptoms including worrying throughout the day, associated with, restlessness, easy fatigability, difficulty concentration, irritability, muscle tension and disrupted sleep. Severe, ongoing anxiety can interfere with daily activities. The condition has symptoms similar to:
- Panic disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Other types of anxiety disorders
How Do You Cope?
To cope with plain anxiety, “get real,” as they say. “Separate out the real risks and dangers that a situation presents and those your imagination is making worse. It’s a twist on the old adage: “Take control of the things you can, and accept those you can’t change.”
“Ask yourself: Where can you take control of a situation? Where can you make changes? Then do what needs to be done. “What things do you simply have to accept? That’s very important.”
Very often, it’s possible to get past an anxiety cycle with the help of friends or family — someone who can help you sort out your problems. But when anxiety becomes overwhelming, it’s time for a therapist, or perhaps medication.