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My name is Anxiety

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is diagnosed in people with excessive anxiety and worry, which the person finds difficult to control. The symptoms of anxiety may include increased autonomic activity such as heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration, arousal and tenseness. Additionally, individuals often engage in protective behavioral responses such as flight or avoidance. Anxiety is the most common mental condition in Australia. On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety.

Things to avoid:

• Alcohol

• Caffeine (coffee, black tea, green tea, energy drinks)

• Smoking

• Environmental pollutants, chemicals at work and at home

• Drug use, such as marijuana

What can help?

• Sunshine- 30 minutes each day in winter, 15 minutes in summer.

• Regular meditation practice at least 10-20 minutes daily.

• Exercise- 30-60 minutes daily.e.g. brisk walking, light jogging, cycling, stretching, swimming, weight bearing exercises, yoga and dancing.

• Listen to calming, relaxation music.

• Have a relaxation massage regularly.

• Surround yourself with positive, optimistic and vibrant people.

• Be aware of breathing at all times.

• Have fun! Treat yourself by watching funny movies, comedy, hobbies, concerts, facials, pedicure, hot springs, playing with pets and children and dancing.

• Reduce your workload this will help you feel less stressed.

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