More Tips for Military Families #114

#114 – Anxiety

Anxiety is a part of being human, it is a part of life.  We all feel it at different times, for different reasons and have different reactions to anxiety.  Being in a military family there may be times when you will experience more anxiety than civilian families – during frequent moves, before, during or after deployments, changes in roles and responsibilities, etc.  It is not only important to recognize when you or a member of your family is experiencing anxiety, it is important to know what the triggers are, how to manage the anxiety and understand whether or not you need more support than you currently have.  My rule is that if your anxiety is getting in the way of you being able to live and enjoy your daily life then you should see your family doctor or a trained professional.

Some suggestions for coping with anxiety and stress:

* Know your limits and let other people know what they are too

* Remind yourself regularly about all the great things that have happened in your life thanks to change

* Be conscientious of your breathing and your body’s response to stressful situations

* Reduce the amount of caffeine and sugar in your diet as they can significantly contribute to your feelings of stress and anxiety

* Look at mistakes as opportunities to learn about yourself and NOT as horrible flaws and disasters that ruin your day, week, month, year, etc.

* Talk to others about your anxieties, worries or fears and recognize that everyone has them

* Make a plan for when you are feeling anxious or stressed

* Find something that you enjoy doing and schedule it into your week the same way would do with sleep

For more information and resources (intervention and prevention programs) about anxiety visit: http://www.friendsrt.com

For more information about our books, resources and blog go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip write to: megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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