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Posted on: April 9, 2021
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Almost everyone suffers from some level of anxiety at one time or another. That’s normal because anxiety is the body’s natural reaction to stress or threats. An anxiety disorder, however, is another matter. It can actually become chronic and affect daily life.
A lot of people have developed increased anxiety over the last year because they perceived the pandemic as a threat, and as the months went by it was apparent that it wasn’t going to go away soon. Fortunately, that is changing as Covid cases decrease and more people are vaccinated. If the threat is diminishing, though, and you’re still feeling anxiety, it’s time to assess your situation.
First, be aware of the options for treatment of anxiety. Healthline.com offers a nice overview of treatment options, which include:
Unless you’re battling anxiety and feel like you need professional help immediately, there are self-help techniques you may want to try first. According to Healthline, these include:
Over the long term, there are lifestyle changes that can also help, such as:
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