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Strategies for Coping with Anxiety


Thursday, September 18th, 2008 Strategies for Coping with Anxiety

Our everyday lives can be blighted with trying to cope with anxiety thus there is a fundamental need to understand what anxiety is. This information is aimed at anyone who suffers from anxiety. It looks into the causes of anxiety, its effects and what to do to reduce it to a manageable level, as well as how to reassure and support friends and relatives with this problem.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is something we all experience from time to time. Most people can relate to feeling tense, uncertain and, perhaps, fearful at the thought of sitting an exam, going into hospital, attending an interview or starting a new job. You may worry about feeling uncomfortable, appearing foolish or how successful you will be. In turn, these worries can affect your sleep, appetite and ability to concentrate. If everything goes well, the anxiety will go away.

Short-term anxiety can be useful. Feeling nervous before an exam can make you feel more alert, and enhance your performance. However, if the feelings of anxiety overwhelm you, your ability to concentrate and do well may suffer.

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