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Infographic: 6 Self Treatment for Anxiety

It pleases us to present our first Infographic on Anxiety. In this infographic we cover 6 self treatment for anxiety options. Included in the self treatment is meditation. What are the remaining 5? Read below to find out more.

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What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is one the most common mental illnesses in the world. It affects people of all ages, and there are studies that show that anxiety occurs in babies too. Little worries and niggling concerns, if not managed well, can grow into anxiety disorders. Feeling anxious is a normal emotion in most of us, be it in personal life for our own good, or at work. However, an anxiety disorder is when the same emotion is uncontrollable and leads one to a feeling of uncertainty and worry. The worry is about the future or a reaction to occurrences in the present.

Here are some interesting costs associated with treating anxiety disorder related illnesses:

  • In England, mental ill-health costs more than an estimated £105B each year.
  • In the US, an estimated $467B was spent on mental disorders in 2012.

Whilst there are a few kinds of anxiety disorders, the most common is the Generalized Anxiety Disorder or GAD. It is common to observe people suffering from GAD to be increasingly worried over everything and nothing in particular at the same time.

What causes anxiety disorders?

Scientists are busy studying the causes for anxiety disorders. Some of the common causes are broken into 4 factors:

1. Trauma or Stress

Stress or trauma leads to the majority of the cases of anxieties.

This can range from external or internal reasons.

Stress can be related to work or relationships.

It can also be financial stress.

Some suffer due to emotional trauma as well.

2. Medical

Anxiety disorders can arise if you are suffering from a serious medical illness.

Some times anxiety is also due to the side effects of certain medication.

3. Drug Abuse

Drug abuse is the worst causes of anxiety disorders. Not only does the drug harm your body, but it harms your mental health too.

Alcohol, cocaine or amphetamine related intoxication is a cause of anxiety.

Additionally, withdrawal from certain illicit or prescription drugs also cause anxiety disorders.

4. Genetics

Some studies have shown that anxiety can be passed down in the family.

Children of parents suffering from anxiety are at higher risk.

Self Treatment for Anxiety – Options

There is concern over anxiety disorders worldwide. There are many channels open to those suffering from anxiety disorders to help reduce their anxiety. The following is the list of 6 self-treatment options that you can undertake to obtain relief from anxiety disorders, without going the medication way.

1. Exercise

Where-ever possible you should exercise, as it helps calms the nerves. It tires the body and helps you defocus on stress.

2. Talk

Talk to someone close to you. Maybe even talk to a random stranger. Talking about anything in particular is good way to defocus on the areas of concern.

3. Breathe

Yes, all of us breathe. However, focussed breathing is a good way to help you get in the right level of oxygen needed in your body.

4. Walk

A brisk walk can be calming, especially if you are surrounded by greenery.

5. Meditate

We talk a lot about the benefits of meditation on this site. Meditation is useful to calm you and take your mind away from the unnecessary worries.

6. Bathe

Nothing that a good shower cannot help. The process of cleansing the external body also helps calms the nerves and reduce stress.

In conclusion, we hope you find our infographic and write up on Self Treatment for Anxiety useful. Do share it with your friends or those that might find it useful. Which of the above methods work for you? Do you have any other methods to deal with anxiety disorders? Let us know in the comments below.

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