The Wardley Wellbeing Hub is the central area for the ACTNow campaign.
Steps to help ease the symptoms of anxiety
People who are diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) will find that there are many steps that they can take themselves to help ease the symptoms of anxiety. According to the NHS, GPs will normally recommend trying self-help treatments before resorting to more intensive therapy or medication.
Self-help treatments include:-
- reading about anxiety
- trying an on-line course
- using a self-help programme available through an app
- taking regular exercise
- learning to relax
- avoiding caffeine
- avoiding smoking, drinking and drugs
- talking to somebody.
Reading about anxiety
People may find that reading about their health condition can help them to understand and manage their condition better. Reading Well is a reading scheme delivered by the Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians. The aim of the scheme is to enable people to have access to a range of books covering common mental health conditions. The books on the Reading Well list have all been endorsed by health experts and are available to lend in all English libraries. To view the selected titles for anxiety, visit the Reading Well website.
Try an on-line course
NICE recommends a “stepped care” pathway to help people with common problems. The first step in this pathway is psycho-education. Psycho-education aims to help people to understand the nature of their problems. This explores useful tools and techniques for managing problems and builds up coping skills for better emotional well-being. On-line courses are an example of psycho-education. On-line courses are a useful starting point as they can be done anywhere and at any time. For further information on the NHS Therapy for You Stress & Anxiety on-line course, see the Therapy for You website.
Download an app
Some people may prefer the convenience of an app. There are numerous apps for almost any kind of anxiety therapy. Why not check out some of the options on our Apps page.
There are many benefits to an active lifestyle. Obviously it will improve your fitness but being regularly physically active really can make a huge difference to your happiness and wellbeing. It may also help you feel better about your appearance, boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem, energy and sleep, as well as reduce your risk of stress and depression.
Exercise can help manage physical and mental stress. Exercise also releases endorphins, which create feelings of happiness and euphoria. Studies have shown that exercise can even alleviate symptoms among people with clinical depression and those who suffer from anxiety. For this reason, doctors recommend that people suffering from depression or anxiety (or those who are just feeling blue) pencil in plenty of gym or exercise time.
If the thought of visiting a gym is off-putting, try alternatives such as walking, swimming or running. Our Exercise fact sheet has plenty of options for you to consider.
If joining a group makes you feel anxious, how about taking a dog for walk? There is no need to be a dog owner, anybody can join a group such as BorrowMyDoggy. People can enjoy a long walk with a non-judgemental, appreciative companion. For further information, see the BorrowMyDoggy website.
For further guidance on why borrowing a dog can be better than owing one, see the Dog Advisor website.