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How To Deal with Anxiety

Anxiety can be triggered by a multitude of scenarios. It may be your first day at a new job, an important presentation, or something as simple as riding on public transport. Everybody experiences anxious moments from time to time, but there are some who experience anxiety to a debilitating degree.

This may be characteristic of an anxiety disorder. But don’t worry, you are not alone, a 2017 study estimated that around 284 million people globally have an anxiety disorder. If you find yourself suffering from anxiety, here are some short and long term coping mechanisms.

One of the first signs of anxiety is often a rapid heartbeat in response to a stressful situation. Controlled and deep breathing can often help with this symptom, which can sometimes be quite frightening.

The 4-7-8 technique is a well known breathing exercise derived from an ancient yoga technique called pranayama. This involves inhaling for 4 seconds, holding for 7 seconds, and breathing out for 8 seconds. Begin by practising for 4 breaths, and slowly work your way up to 8 for further relaxation.

One of the first signs of anxiety is often a rapid heartbeat in response to a stressful situation. Controlled and deep breathing can often help with this symptom, which can sometimes be quite frightening.

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