Coping with Anxiety

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Anxiety is mental health condition that includes intense feelings of worry, fear, and panic. Anxiety can interfere with your recovery and daily life. Fortunately, anxiety is treatable.

Researchers estimate that 40 million adults are affected by an anxiety disorder. Approximately one third of North Americans experience some type of anxiety in their lives. Anxiety is one of the most common mental wellness concerns in the country. Anxiety can affect your recovery attempts if you don’t seek the proper care. Fortunately, there are several ways to treat anxiety and improve your intrinsic wellness.

Therapy and medication are the most common forms of treatment for anxiety. In therapy, you will learn how to cope with anxiety and learn skills that can help you in a moment of intense anxiety. While anxiety is rooted in the brain and coping processes, anxiety can also stem from worrying about situations that you have little control over. For example, finances, relationships, and addiction can all produce anxiety provoking feelings.

Therapy can teach you how to handle anxiety symptoms and even decrease its effects. Your therapist may recommend seeing a psychiatrist to discuss medication interventions. When seeing a psychiatrist, it’s important to be honest about your history. Some fast acting anxiety medications have dependency and abuse potential, so being honest with your provider is important. There are alternative treatments and medications that don’t carry those same risks.

Mindfulness is another intervention for the treatment of anxiety. Mindfulness is the practice of being aware and staying in the moment. There are many ways to achieve mindfulness. If you seek therapy, your therapist will educate you on mindfulness. Common ways to practice mindfulness are:

  • Meditation
  • Mindfulness based yoga
  • Listening to meditative music
  • Meditative coloring
  • Mindfully eating, resting, or self care

Now that you know some ways that anxiety can be treated, you need to practice. Seeking treatment for addiction recovery is a good first step, as well. Anxiety from drugs and alcohol can also be a side effect of withdrawal. An addiction treatment professional is well versed in mood disorders that are common for individuals in recovery.

At The Kimberly Center, we care about your recovery. Recovery is more then not using. Recovery is also about healing. Whether you have good days or bad, we can teach how to handle life on life’s terms. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER to learn more about how treatment can help you today.

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