Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Anxiety Wrapup

To sum up what I’ve been writing about these past few weeks about (social) anxiety:

See your doctor. If your GP thinks you have an anxiety disorder, see a psychiatrist to confirm the diagnosis. Take medication if the psychiatrist tells you to.

Get enough sleep most nights of the week (seven hours plus).

Get proper nutrition.

Cut all caffeine from your diet.

Exercise three to five times a week.

Use relaxation techniques daily.

Define the social situations in which you are uncomfortable. Develop goals and practice gradual exposure to these anxiety-provoking situations.

Have a conversation with your anxiety and find out what it’s trying to tell you.

Pull a friend or two into your confidence about your social anxiety to create a support network for yourself.

Ready to plunge into meeting women? Check in on Friday as I continue to write about doing an online dating profile.

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