Anxiety is the most common mental problem in the United States, affecting more than 40 million adults to date. About 37% of those suffering from anxiety receive professional treatment, while the rest tend to turn to alcohol or drugs for self-medication. Addictive substances may temporarily offer relief from anxiety and worry, but they eventually aggravate the problem in the long run. Aside from committing oneself to substance abuse treatment, one can successfully manage his or her anxiety and stay sober at the same time.
Our recovery program in Los Angeles, California recommends the following tips for coping with anxiety:
- Exercising Regularly
Rigorous activities can help divert one’s attention from problems that cause anxious thoughts. Increasing your heart rate also boosts the production of serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor, the anti-anxiety neurochemicals in the brain.
- Deep Breathing Exercises
Diaphragmatic breathing can help ease physical anxiety symptoms such as rapid and shallow breathing that creates an imbalance in one’s oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the body.
- Maintaining a Healthy Daily Routine
Getting used to doing healthy habits can help one have a sense of control over his or her life. Having enough sleep and restful moments, eating a healthy diet, and connecting with nature regularly are some healthful habits that can help fight anxiety.
Finally, seeing a professional is always part of our recommendations. Recovery from anxiety and other mental health problems can be hard to achieve on your own. Seeing a professional will help you get the relief you need. To know more about substance abuse and anxiety, call New Hope Drug & Alcohol Treatment Program, Inc. or visit our drug treatment center in California. We are prepared to help you get through your worries.