Learn what you can do to relieve anxiety naturally.

Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder. According to the CDC, these disorders are more common in women. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or not, you can benefit from ways to alleviate anxiety in your everyday life.

1. Limit things that stress you out
Sometimes stress can’t be avoided. Your job and responsibilities may be stressful, or you may be going through a life event that triggers your anxiety. Do what you can to limit stress in ways that you can control, such as avoiding taking on additional responsibilities or exposing yourself to situations that cause you to feel anxiety.

2. Get regular activity
Exercise and daily activity have numerous health benefits. In addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight and helping you fight the risk of many diseases, exercise helps improve your mood. It also helps you get more rest at night, which can be crucial in fighting feelings of stress and anxiety.

3. Do things you love
When you’re experiencing regular stress and anxiety, distracting and enjoyable activities can help improve your mood. Keep in mind that if you have an anxiety disorder, it isn’t as simple as distracting yourself or “taking your mind off things.” However, sometimes a soothing hobby or something like watching mindless, fun TV can help break you out of an anxious state.

4. Practice meditation or prayer
Meditation is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Try searching online for free videos that guide you through basic meditation techniques. You can also visit a local center for meditation or consult with a mental health counselor who can get you started.

5. Talk to your doctor
There’s no replacement for a doctor’s care if you feel like your anxiety is impairing your life. If you’re struggling to complete tasks, engage in everyday activities or carry on relationships, make an appointment with your healthcare provider.

If you're feeling stress or anxiety and would like to speak with someone, North Hills Hospital can help. Visit our website or call us at 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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