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Here are some ways you can manage your anxiety

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Do you suffer from anxiety? You’re not alone.

We all have fears. They’re just part of the human experience, and our bodies have a natural reaction to the normal stresses and dangers of life. But for some people, fear and anxiety never end, interfering with everyday life and causing them to avoid normal activities, like meeting new people and even going outside.

If this sounds like you, you aren’t alone. Anxiety affects 40 million Americans each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America. That’s nearly 20% of the total population. Unfortunately, most people do not seek treatment for this illness but try to cope with it as well as they can.

What are the symptoms?

Feeling anxious or nervous about things is normal, but when these feelings get in the way of everyday life, they can become an issue. Anxiety is different for everyone, but there are some common characteristics. The sufferer’s heart rate increases, and breathing becomes rapid as the body prepares itself for a threat. A person with anxiety can have trouble concentrating during the day or difficulty sleeping at night.

Someone suffering from anxiety can also experience an anxiety attack, where the feelings and responses are greatly magnified for a short time, along with extra conditions such as dry mouth, sweating or dizziness.

If any of these conditions keep you from doing normal activities, whether that be going out with friends or trying new things, you may have an anxiety disorder.

What are the solutions?

Luckily, there are several ways in which anxiety can be managed, as well as many resources out there to help someone who suffers from anxiety to get the help that they need.

Lifestyle changes are the easiest solution for mild forms of anxiety. When the symptoms are not too severe, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly can decrease and possibly eliminate unhealthy anxiety.

For more severe cases, psychotherapy may be the answer. Speaking with someone who is specially trained in helping people with anxiety can go a long way in finding a long-term solution. These therapists have many techniques to help alleviate both the causes and symptoms of the illness.

Finally, medication can be a possible solution. The downside, however, are the severe side effects that come with the most common treatments, such as blurred vision, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, nausea, trouble sleeping and lightheadedness.

CBD, or cannabidiol, has been shown, through research, to help with anxiety disorders, without the severe side effects of other medication, and the research continues to grow.

It’s important to remember that if you suffer from anxiety, you aren’t alone. There are solutions out there for you. Talking to someone about it goes a long way, and simple lifestyle changes can help as well. We are all in this together!