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What can help to manage the symptoms of anxiety disorders?

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These tips may help you control or lessen your symptoms:

  • Cut down on foods and drinks that have caffeine, such as coffee, tea, cola, energy drinks, and chocolate. Caffeine is a mood-altering drug, and it may make symptoms of anxiety disorders worse.
  • Eat right, exercise, and get better sleep. Brisk aerobic exercises like jogging and biking help release brain chemicals that cut stress and improve your mood.
  • Sleep problems and anxiety disorder often go hand in hand. Make getting good rest a priority. Follow a relaxing bedtime routine. Talk to your doctor if you still have trouble sleeping.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist before taking any over-the-counter meds or herbal remedies. Many contain chemicals that can make anxiety symptoms worse.

From: What Are Anxiety Disorders? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Medications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety.”

Twin Research and Human Genetics : “Common Psychiatric Disorders and Caffeine Use, Tolerance, and Withdrawal: An Examination of Shared Genetic and Environmental Effects.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Physical Activity Reduces Stress.”

Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (Brazil): “Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 12, 2017

SOURCES:

American Psychological Association.

National Institute of Mental Health.

Anxiety Disorders Association of America: “Medications.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anxiety.”

Twin Research and Human Genetics : “Common Psychiatric Disorders and Caffeine Use, Tolerance, and Withdrawal: An Examination of Shared Genetic and Environmental Effects.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Physical Activity Reduces Stress.”

Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia (Brazil): “Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 12, 2017

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