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Preventing Anxiety

Prevention

Prevention of anxiety essentially involves an awareness of life's stresses and your own ability to cope with them. This can often be a difficult task in our busy and hectic 21st century.

  • In essence, you might develop coping mechanisms for all of life's stresses. Strategies might include these:
    • Exercise
    • Meditation
    • Relaxation exercises including deep breathing
    • Visualization
    • Interpersonal skills in dealing with difficult people and situations or parenting skills training in dealing with your children
  • Prevention also includes diet, regular exercise, rest, and the basics in terms of preventive health care maintenance. Diet is a large factor. Caffeine, stimulants, lack of rest, and lack of exercise all are factors that influence anxiety.

 

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Reviewed by Amal Chakraburtty, MD on March 01, 2007
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