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How Can I Cope With Anxiety?

Anxiety is no joke and can feel very crippling at times. In fact, according to the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America), anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older or 18.1% of the population every year.

With April being National Anxiety Month, our AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Avenue team believes it's important to highlight anxiety and share some helpful ways to cope with it. Read on!

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come and triggers your body's “fight-or-flight” response, which is an automatic physiological reaction to an event that is perceived as stressful or frightening. The first day of school, going to a job interview or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.

But if your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months and are interfering with your daily life, you may have an anxiety disorder and should talk to a doctor. We've listed some common symptoms of anxiety below.

Anxiety Symptoms

  • Increased heart rate
  • Rapid breathing
  • Restlessness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulty falling asleep

How Can I Reduce Feelings of Anxiety?

One of the best ways to reduce feelings of anxiety is by identifying your triggers, or events/situations that heighten your body's fight-or-flight response.

However, identifying your triggers can take some time and self-reflection. So, in the meantime, there are things you can do to try to help calm or quiet your anxiety from taking over. We've listed some natural remedies to help you feel more in control of your mind below.

Ways to Cope with Anxiety

  • Practice focused, deep breathing. Try breathing in for four counts and breathing out for four counts for a total of five minutes. This will help you even out your breath, which will slow your heart rate and help calm you down.
  • Go for a walk. Sometimes, the best way to stop anxious thoughts is to walk away from the situation. Take some time to focus on your body and not your mind to help relieve your anxiety.
  • Write down or journal your thoughts. Instead of keeping all your thoughts in your head, writing down what’s making you anxious can help you leave those anxious thoughts on paper.

Anxiety is not something to be taken lightly. If you are struggling with your mental health, don't hesitate to reach out to a friend or mental health professional to get the help you need. For any questions or general health concerns, call or visit us at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. today!