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Please provide some do's and don'ts on overcoming anxiety and stress.

28 doctor answers23 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 41 years experience
BE: Be here now—words to live by. Most stress comes from ruminating over past or worrying about future!
Dr. William Golden
A Verified Doctoranswered
47 years experience
Ignore: Learn to use relaxation techniques from a tape, book or app. Use problem solving on your worries.
Dr. Daniel Sternberg
Clinical Psychology 50 years experience
Ignore: Practice relaxation and mindfulness skills (easy to learn). Don't think it can't be overcome!
Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Ignore: Challenge beliefs like "i shouldn't feel anxious, " or "i can't let anyone know i'm feeling anxious.".
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 41 years experience
Ignore: Do watch the way you talk to yourself. Don't forget to eat well and exercise.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Ignore: If ur anxious and stressed, speak 2 a psychologist, social worker or psychiatrist, they can help u.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Ignore: Exercise regularly, avoid caffeine and processed sugar, and learn relaxation techniques.
Dr. Jason Berman
A Verified Doctoranswered
15 years experience
Ignore: Avoid caffeine, exercise vigorously and often, take up meditation, find a therapist you like.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Make: Make a list of things that trigger UrStress, figure out which 1s U can change & start making changes.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Set: Set goals & deadlines 4 resolving stressful conflicts. Having a plan will help tolerate the problem.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Don't: Don't bottle up your emotions or the stress will blow up like a pressure cooker w'out a safety valve.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Laugh: Laugh more & you will stress less. Laughter is therapeutic, reduces stress & makes you feel better.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Start: Start reading. Research shows reading can reduce stress by 68% by helping to filter out stressors.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Manage: Manage your time better. Time management can help reduce stress by helping U feel more in control.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Take: Take a walk in the park as often as you can, natural Beaty helps 2 calm our nerves, exercise helps 2.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Tre: Try music therapy: play a musical instrument or listen to music to help reduce your stress levels.
Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Try: Try aromatherapy: light scented candles or bathe in water filled w' scented oils & breate in & relax.
Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Ignore: Try to create a comfortable yet flexible structure to your day, using breathing when anxious.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Ignore: Create daily routine to make environment more predictable; identify things you can/cannot control.
Dr. Miroslava Fox
Clinical Psychology 16 years experience
Ignore: Work on things you can control, let go of things you can't, and focus on the present.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 28 years experience
Ignore: Anxiety will come & go. When it comes, observe it & try accepting it, instead of pushing it away.
Dr. Roxanne Lewis
Specializes in Clinical Psychology
Ignore: Do Eat Right, Sleep right. Exercise. Learn to meditate and breathe correctly. Stay in the present.
Dr. Jackie Bean
Clinical Psychology 20 years experience
Ignore: Anxiety doesn't survive well when you are focused in the present. It thrives in future thoughts.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
Ignore: Do be open about anxiety. Don't assume you're the only person with it or that you're somehow "crazy".
Dr. Ana Ochoa
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
Ignore: Become aware of your moods by keeping a daily chart, show it to your doctor to see if you need help.
Dr. Anthony Vita
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ignore: Get an adequate amount of sleep, as well as good sleep quality (you should feel refreshed in the AM.
Dr. Janice Seward
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Ignore: Don't watch too much television or spend long amounts of time in front of computer screens.
Dr. Jan Fawcett
Specializes in Psychiatry
Ignore: IF BAD THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN, WORRYING WILL NOT PREVENT THEM, EVEN IF YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON -.

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