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6 Ways to Relieve Anxiety

Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. For the one in ten Canadians diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, worry can intensify to the point where it interferes with daily life. Dial down your distress with these six paths to anxiety relief.

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Did You Know?

Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorders can include difficulty concentrating, restlessness and irritability, feeling twitchy, being quick to startle, muscle tension, insomnia, nausea, dry mouth and dizziness.

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1. Cardiovascular Exercise

Nervous people have a lot of adrenaline to burn, so doctors recommend a daily, half-hour cardio workout.

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2. Adopt a Healthier Lifestyle

Getting quality sleep and eating a healthy diet do wonders to promote inner calm.

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3. Occupy Your Brain


When anxious thoughts creep up, call a friend, read a book or delve into a craft project to help focus your mind.

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4. Meditation

Meditation can create changes in the brain, lifting depression and calming stress.

Seek some inner peace with simple five-minute meditation exercises from Canadian Yoga expert Padma.

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5. Therapy

Cognitive-behavioural therapy trains you to interrupt your cycle of panicky thoughts and halt nervous-system arousal.

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6. Medication

Certain antidepressants work well for anxiety disorders, but it’s important to do your research before agreeing to a prescription.

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