4 Tips to Manage Anxiety

Did you know that anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health conditions to effect Canadians?

Our family doctors routinely talk to roughly half of the patients that walk through our doors about the stress and anxiety that is going on in their lives and how it may be impacting the patient’s health.

“Counselling with a professional has been shown to help people with anxiety,” Says Dr. Stratton Steed from Pinnacle Medical Centres’ Okotoks location. “If you’re not sure who to talk to, start with your family doctor.”

Here are a few tips to help you manage the anxiety in your life.

Drink Water

Everyone feels better when they are hydrated. While dehydration doesn’t cause anxiety, people do tend to be more worrisome and irritable when they are dehydrated, which can lead to more extreme, harder to manage cases of anxiety – should you suffer from anxiety.

If you find yourself more anxious than normal, try drinking two-to-three litres of water a day and see if you feel less anxious.

*Note- Make sure you are drinking water and not caffeinated beverages such as coffee or energy drinks. Coffee and energy drinks have been shown to make anxiety worse.

Exercise

When we exercise, our brain releases chemicals that help us relax and put us in a good mood. This is why exercise is recommended as a cure to pretty much everything. And as an added bonus, exercise also slows down the release of the hormone in our body, which is responsible for stress, thus usually lowering the amount of anxiety a person feels. Exercise also ties us out and makes it easier to get a good night’s sleep.

Know Your Triggers

Knowing what makes you anxious is the No. 1 way to manage anxiety, because if you know what sets you off then you can plan accordingly to keep your anxiety in check. Hypothetically if you know you get nervous when you speak in public, look into classes that will help you become a better, more confident public speaker and over time your anxiety levels should be reduced when you speak in public. And if it’s your mother-in-law who makes you anxious, try stepping out of the room from time to time, taking a deep breath and tell yourself, “It’s not that bad”.

Talk to Someone

The top two reasons why we are seeing more and more cases of anxiety in people are that there is more pressure on people and that people are talking less and less. If something is bothering you, talk to someone about it. Talking will make you feel better and less anxious.

If you feel anxious or worried, consider seeing your family doctor or visiting a walk in clinic for some professional help from a family physician. Pinnacle Medical Centres’ offer short wait times for walk-in patients to see a family doctor in Calgary, a family doctor in Strathmore, a family doctor in High River and a family doctor in Okotoks.

Most of our locations are also accepting new patients, including our:

  • Crowfoot Location
  • Okotoks Location
  • Strathmore location
  • Beddington Location
  • High River Location