There are many ways that you can ease the
symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder
Regular exercise, particularly aerobic exercise,
will help you to combat stress and release
tension. It also encourages your brain to
release the chemical serotonin, which can
improve your mood. Aim to do a minimum of
30 minutes of moderate exercise, at least
five days a week. Moderate exercise should
make you feel slightly out of breath and
tired. Going for a brisk walk is a good example.
As well as getting regular exercise, learning
how to relax is important. You may find relaxation
and breathing exercises helpful, or you may
prefer activities such as yoga or Pilates
to help you unwind.
Changing your diet may help ease your symptoms.
Too much caffeine can make you more anxious
than normal. This is because caffeine can
disrupt your sleep and also speed up your
heartbeat. If you are tired, you are less
likely to be able to control your anxious
Smoking and drinking:
Smoking and alcohol have been shown to make
feelings of anxiety worse. Drink alcohol
in moderation and, if you smoke, try to give
up. The Department of Health recommends that
men should not drink more than three to four
units of alcohol a day and women no more
than two to three units.
Support groups can give you useful advice
about how to effectively manage your anxiety.
They are also a good way to meet other people
with similar experiences. Support groups
often involve face-to-face meetings where
you can talk about your difficulties and
problems with other people. Many support
groups also provide support and guidance
over the phone or in writing. Ask your GP
about local support groups for anxiety in
Understanding your anxiety:
Some people find that reading about anxiety
can help them deal with their condition.
There are many books and articles based on
the principles of cognitive behavioural therapy
(CBT). These may help you understand your
psychological problems better and learn ways
to overcome them by changing your behaviour.