Please forgive my late respnse....better late than never I hope. I am 31 and have been dealing with anxiety since I was a teenager. I have been through many medications, since I also have bipolar disorder. Medications are helpful and are needed. However, no amount of medication can take away the anxiety. I know you realize that already as you are asking for ways to cope.
For myself I have found seeing a therapist very helpful, along with doing deep breathing exercises that I have learned from group therapy. One breathing exercise I especially like is the breathing loop. You take a deep breath and slowing breath out and then count that as 1.....repeat...count 2. Do this to 10 and then count backwards. Does that make sense? I am not always good at explaining things clearly.
A book that was recommended to me is a book by Thomans Marra....I believe it is called "Depressed and Anxious." It is a workbook and I have heard great things about it. I would like to get one myeself as I think it would be helpful.
I hope you have a great weekend! It's great to have you here on the team.
Cynthia~~~ A follower of Jesus Christ!!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge him, and He will make your paths straight.
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