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AnxietyOvercoming Anxiety

The condition tends to strike many older adults, but there are ways to counter its paralyzing effects.

More and more, do you find yourself fighting feelings of worry? Do you feel increasingly anxious and tense? Do you obsess about things that may or may not happen? If so, you may be one of the millions who suffer from anxiety.

Anxiety can develop from many uncontrollable factors, such as genetics, personality, and life events, but the main issue for many older men is that they have too much time on their hands, according to Dr. Cornelia Cremens, a psychiatrist with Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.

“Men are used to working, being active, and having goals they want to accomplish. It keeps their body and mind engaged,” she says.

“But when they retire and life slows down, they are not prepared for that kind of dramatic shift. This idleness can trigger anxiety because they feel they have lost their purpose and focus.” Read More

 

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Mindfulness Meditation

Train Your Brain: Mindfulness Meditation for Anxiety, Depression, ADD & PTSD

By now, everyone knows that mindfulness meditation is good for you—but what’s still surprising scientists is just how quickly it works. Ten minutes of meditation won’t make you a better mutlitasker—there’s no such thing, as psychologist and science journalist Daniel Goleman explains—but it will make you more adept at switching tasks and returning to a deep level of concentration more quickly after a distraction. Every time you practice meditation, you’re strengthening the neural circuitry for focus and training your brain away from mind-wandering. Beyond the need to concentrate for work, pleasure, or to overcome negative emotion, mindfulness meditation can also help to manage disorders like PTSD, anxiety, and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). This last one particularly has shown incredible results, and Goleman cites one exercise a teacher in a rough neighborhood of New York City practices routinely with their class of seven-year-old kids, over half of which have special needs like ADD and autism. That daily

 

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Anxiety

Anxiety
Self Calming Techniques for Anxiety

Forty million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. While many take prescription anti-anxiety medications, sufferers can also adopt a daily routine of self-calming techniques that lessen the everyday stressors that trigger anxiety attacks. Talk to your doctor before beginning any at-home anxiety treatment or therapy; he may suggest personalized techniques for relaxation.

Step 1

Take a deep breath and count to 10. Anxiety can make you want to take immediate, impulsive action to solve a problem, but taking a 10-second time-out when you’re feeling overwhelmed will help you make better decisions.

Step 2

Ask yourself if a problem is really as bad as it seems. Are you overreacting to a person or situation that seems to bring about your anxiety attacks? Is there a better way to handle the issue? Anxiety can be a cause of or reaction to feelings of powerlessness and loss of control, so try to put things in perspective and realize that you can’t regulate all the forces around you. Read More

 

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Anxiety

Anxiety
Self Calming Techniques for Anxiety

Forty million American adults suffer from anxiety disorders, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. While many take prescription anti-anxiety medications, sufferers can also adopt a daily routine of self-calming techniques that lessen the everyday stressors that trigger anxiety attacks. Talk to your doctor before beginning any at-home anxiety treatment or therapy; he may suggest personalized techniques for relaxation.

Step 1

Take a deep breath and count to 10. Anxiety can make you want to take immediate, impulsive action to solve a problem, but taking a 10-second time-out when you’re feeling overwhelmed will help you make better decisions.

Step 2

Ask yourself if a problem is really as bad as it seems. Are you overreacting to a person or situation that seems to bring about your anxiety attacks? Is there a better way to handle the issue? Anxiety can be a cause of or reaction to feelings of powerlessness and loss of control, so try to put things in perspective and realize that you can’t regulate all the forces around you. Read More

 

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Ease Anxiety

Anxiety
Nutritional Strategies to Ease Anxiety

According the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States. That’s 40 million adults—18% of the population—who struggle with anxiety. Anxiety and depression often go hand in hand, with about half of those with depression also experiencing anxiety.

Specific therapies and medications can help relieve the burden of anxiety, yet only about a third of people suffering from this condition seek treatment. In my practice, part of what I discuss when explaining treatment options is the important role of diet in helping to manage anxiety.

In addition to healthy guidelines such as eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water to stay hydrated, and limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine, there are many other dietary considerations that can help relieve anxiety. For example, complex carbohydrates are metabolized more slowly and therefore help maintain a more even blood sugar level, which creates a calmer feeling.

A diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits is a healthier option than eating a lot of simple carbohydrates found in processed foods. When you eat is also important. Don’t skip meals. Doing so may result in drops in blood sugar that cause you to feel jittery, which may worsen underlying anxiety. Read More

 

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