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Quick Fixes for Mild Anxiety

December 19th, 2011 Inspirational

Everyone feels anxiety - it's an unavoidable fact of life. But some of us are better at dealing with it than others. Being stressed out every now and then is completely normal, but if you're a walking bundle of nerves, you're doing your mind and body a disservice. In fact, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, anxious people who are diagnosed with heart disease are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than those who learn to cope with their condition. Here are some tips that will help you cope the next time you feel it building up.

1. Be confident. Self-confidence plays a huge role in how much anxiety we feel. If you're the sort to constantly beat yourself up and who's continually dissatisfied with your efforts, you'll never feel the sweet liberation of accomplishment. Understand that nobody is perfect and that you're going to make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are what make us human! Screwing up from time to time allows you to connect with other people on a very fundamental level.

2. Be with people. Try not to spend too much time by yourself. There are those days when we just want to be alone. This is totally fine, but if you do it too much, your mind is going to start going to dark places. Human beings naturally crave the presence of others, and we start to get very restless when we aren't receiving that stimulation. And when you are alone, do something you love, whether it's reading your favorite book or playing an instrument.

3. Get active. A 2003 study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia found that high-intensity exercise is one of the best ways to deal with anxiety. The next time you're feeling overwhelmed, throw on some sneakers and go for a run. Don't expect an immediate fix, however. The study revealed that anxiety levels didn't show significant reduction until between 30 and 90 minutes after an exercise session.