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Anxiety on the Rise: How to Deal with Health Fears

It seems like everywhere we turn, there is another health scare. The latest? COVID variants and Monkeypox. Both of these diseases have the potential to cause a great deal of anxiety and worry for those who hear about them. If you are one of the many people who are struggling with health fears right now, you are not alone. In this blog post, we will discuss some ways that you can deal with your anxiety and worry. We will also provide some helpful tips for managing your fear.

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease. It can be mild or severe, and it can last for a short time or for a long period of time. Anxiety can affect your physical health, your mental health, and the quality of daily life. When anxiety first occurs, changes in your body may include difficulty falling and staying asleep, increased or decreased appetite, increased irritability, difficulty focusing and paying attention, and racing thoughts. As anxiety escalates, there may be unexplainable pain in various parts of the body. Lastly, if anxiety goes untreated the body shuts down with panic attacks and other panic disorders.

Coping skills are important for anyone who is struggling with anxiety or worry. There are many different coping skills that can be helpful, and the best coping skill for you will depend on your individual needs. Some of the most common coping skills include relaxation techniques, journaling, problem-solving, and use of positive self-talk to address irrational worry.

If you are struggling with anxiety or worry, it is important to find a coping skill that works for you. Relaxation techniques can be helpful for many people, and there are many different types of relaxation techniques that can be used. Some people find that yoga or meditation work well for them, while others may prefer breathing exercises or progressive muscle relaxation. These techniques and other coping skills can be discussed with a licensed mental health professional in therapy sessions.

Journaling can also be a helpful coping skill. When you journal, you can express your thoughts and feelings in a safe and private place. This can be a great way to release any negative emotions that you may be feeling. Journaling allows you to extract negative thoughts rather than these negative and anxious thoughts affecting quality of relationships, job performance, and overall quality of life. Journaling can also help you to track your progress and see how far you have come.

Problem-solving is another useful coping skill. When you problem-solve, you identify the problem and then come up with a plan to address it. This can be helpful when you are feeling overwhelmed by a situation. Anxiety builds when problems surface and those problems are not addressed. By identifying the pro's and con's of any given situation, it will be easier to make a decision on what actions you should take.

If you are struggling with anxiety and find that the coping skills mentioned in this blog post are not helpful, it is important to seek professional help. A licensed mental health professional can provide you with additional coping skills and support as you work through your anxiety. Another option may be to visit your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist to discuss medication options to manage anxiety. You do not need to sacrifice your quality of life due to all that is occurring in the world; there is help available.

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