Pandemic Stress: Tips to Overcoming Anxiety Attacks

Anyone who's had the unfortunate experience of having an anxiety attack will know that it's anything but pleasant. Caused by stress, worry, or even in some cases, excessive fatigue, anxiety attacks are more prevalent today than ever before. Add a pandemic into the equation, and you have a recipe for disaster as people grapple with coming to terms with the unknown. It may be a common condition nowadays; however, there are preventative measures that you can take to prevent the likelihood of anxiety attacks from occurring. Let's find out how.


Breathing techniques


When we get really anxious, we tend to start breathing more rapidly, which exacerbates our anxious feelings even more. As difficult as it may seem at the moment, taking in a few deep breaths and exhaling slowly helps your body relax, which makes it easier to snap out of an anxious state of mind a lot quicker.


Balanced nutritious meals


Eating balanced, nutritious meals is not only healthy for the body, but it can also go a long way in helping prevent anxiety attacks too. For example, according to research, avoiding foods high in caffeine and sugar can help prevent anxiety attacks. In addition to this, an adequate intake of water is equally as important to stay sufficiently hydrated and more mentally alert.


Exercise


The benefits of exercise on one's overall health cannot be emphasized enough. Getting sufficient amounts of exercise is even more important for those who suffer from anxiety attacks. It can distract from worrisome and anxious thoughts, allowing the affected person to concentrate on something other than themselves, if just for a moment. From a physical point of view, exercise also helps to release muscle tension, which also aids in relaxation.


Support networks


Anxiety attacks can be crippling, not to mention an isolating experience that can make you feel like no one truly understands what you're going through. However, it is crucial to remember that you are not alone and that countless people experience anxiety attacks for a variety of reasons. Sharing your feelings with others in support networks and groups can help you process your feelings and understand them better, and the added support of others can help to make you stronger and more resilient in this area.


Work anxiety


For many people, work stressors are perhaps one of the most significant contributors to anxiety attacks today. So, if you're unhappy in your current job situation, or it's causing you more stress than joy, you might want to consider changing career paths. If you have a full-time job already, though, taking a leap into something entirely new may seem a bit too risky at the moment.


However, there are ways to get around this, like taking online courses, for instance. The flexibility of online learning allows you to work and learn at the same time until you are ready to take that next big step. However, when deciding on a particular course, ensure that the learning institution is accredited first and foremost. And if you're still struggling for inspiration on what to learn next, why not take a look into the most popular online courses trending online and get your degree in computer science or graphic design, for example?


Coping better


In conclusion, anxiety attacks don't have to destroy your outlook on life; there is help available as well as things you can do yourself to cope better.


For professional advice and assistance in this area, please get in touch with Path to Hope Counseling at pathtohopec@hushmail.com, and we can set up a free consultation.


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