How to Tolerate Anxiety & Depression

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Tolerating anxiety and depression can go a long way towards resuming your normal life. Tolerate anxiety and depression with help from an expert counselor in this free video clip.

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My name is Gordon McInnis. I work here at Carolina Beach Counseling in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, and today we're going to talk about how to cope with anxiety and depression. There are a lot of different things that you can do to help manage anxiety. One of them is good sleep hygiene, getting good appropriate sleep. That's important, decreasing your caffeine or stimulant intake. Caffeine has a half life of about seven hours in your system and, you know, that's a long time, and some people are very sensitive to caffeine, which can trigger some of those panic and anxiety symptoms. Decongestants, as well as some other types of cough medicines, Sudafed, those kind of things, those all raise up your blood pressure and raise up your system a little bit to take care of fighting off whatever infection might be going on and that kind of thing. You also have to worry or pay attention to drug interactions, drug withdrawal, that kind of thing. You want to manage your alcohol intake. You know you don't want too much alcohol intake, that kind of thing because sometimes alcohol can have what's called a rebound effect as it can make you anxious over time. It can also interrupt your sleep although it may calm you down initially, when it wears off, those things come back. The other one is exercise, getting good appropriate exercise because anxiety is a bunch of energy with nowhere to go and so if you burn off some of this energy by getting appropriate exercise, that helps. Doing things that distract you can also help, you know, again taking a walk, going on vacation, working on a crossword puzzle, whatever it might be to kind of distract you from the situation that you're in. Also learning how to relax, how to calm your breathing down, how to just relax and not get overwhelmed by the day-to-day things that happen in your life. That was just some advice on some various topics related to anxiety. As always, you should go seek professional help, or go see your doctor if these things are continuing to bother you.

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