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Why can't I just shake the anxiety off?

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Last Updated: 06/09/2020 at 7:38pm
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Top Rated Answers
April 16th, 2015 2:07pm
Anxiety is something can be good or bad, just like fear. An example of good anxiety is that you are getting anxious about not studying early for a test. An example of bad anxiety is overthinking about a situation that happened several years ago and you have no control over that situation.
November 8th, 2017 3:18pm
I used to suffer from an anxiety disorder for about 15 years. After spending countless hours of online research, going to specialists, online discussions & various medications I finally found great relief. I've written some tips for anxiety sufferers below: 1. Take Valerian supplements. It is one of the best supplements for anxiety because it increases the availability of GABA in the brain. Valerian also helps with insomnia and is known to have very few side effects. 2. Follow every step in the video & guide at to tackle the root of anxiety in a NATURAL way via the ’60 ss’. This is very important! 3. Take up one of the following: tai chi, yoga or meditation (any other sport will also work). Not only will it boost serotonin in the brain through exercise but it will improve mental state due to offering yourself a distraction. While you are distracted for long periods of time your brain will even forget anxiety exists and so its important to do this for as long periods as possible. Try those three steps and hopefully you will get as much luck with getting rid of your anxiety as i did. Obviously regular exercise, certain diets (drink camomile tea) & losing weight etc may have a temporary effect but you should try tackle the root cause of anxiety, and remain strong minded about it as you don’t have to suffer forever. Good luck
January 22nd, 2015 5:58pm
Anxiety is something that has to be coped with. You can try taking a walk or take some deep breaths.
April 8th, 2015 3:40pm
Anxiety is not something that can be shaken off, brushed off, turned off or ignored, because by definition it is an excessive amount of worry or dread. Having said that, proper breathing really can help reduce some of the physical symptoms associated with it. Inhale through the nose counting to 4, hold for 2; exhale through pursed lips counting to 4, hold for 2. Rinse, lather, repeat. You will see a reduction in symptoms if you dedicate a solid 5 minutes or so to breathing properly when you feel anxiety.
December 15th, 2015 11:42pm
Anxiety is a real mental heal disorder that can be a difficult thing to deal with in your daily life. If you are having constant anxiety, it may be time to consider seeing a professional to help you find the best way to treat it.
November 7th, 2017 8:53pm
Anxiety is a learned behavior from past threats, so it's only reasonable to consider the reduction of anxiety as also a learned behavior. You need to process your anxiety rationally, is there really a threat? Picture yourself in an everyday scenario from the safety of your home that makes you feel anxious. Analyse that, why are you anxious, is there a threat? Learn to reassess situations.
September 18th, 2018 6:53pm
It's not easy to just make anxiety go away. Try doing things that calm you down, distress you, and make you happy. Go somewhere that makes you happy. Do things that help clear your head. (Bike ride, look out at the ocean, read a book, write, etc.) These are all things that help make me calm and happy. Tell yourself that it's going to be okay. When you feel anxious, think of positive things. Try breathing exercises and see if that helps as well. Don't blame yourself for feeling anxious, and don't beat yourself up over not being able to shake it off. You got this!
June 16th, 2015 10:54pm
anxiety is something that needs to be worked through to find out the root cause. Can you think of something that brings on your anxiety?
November 8th, 2015 2:09pm
Anxiety is a mental state and it takes time and a lot of therapy to cure it. Depending on what is your level of anxiety. Seek help if you think you need it.
May 23rd, 2017 4:43am
The word anxiety can be used to describe worry, unease, apprehension relating to an event or situation. We all experience it in some measure. When we can't shake it off and it becomes excessive and possibly accompanied by other behaviors that are compulsive or if panic attacks occur then anxiety could be a nervous disorder. There are tools and resources to help with anxiety that are applicable regardless if you are experiencing a situational reaction or a nervous disorder.
November 6th, 2017 10:14am
Because it can't be shaken off. Anxiety is like any other illness, and surely you've never heard of shaking off a cold right? Well, the same happens with anxiety. You need to treat it and allow it to gradually become better.
April 23rd, 2018 4:28am
You can't shake the anxiety off because it isn't something that can be thrown away easily and after you don't have anxiety right now, it may come back later.
July 2nd, 2019 1:32am
Perhaps you could simplify some aspects of your life? Do an inventory of the things you possess and the things you do that cause you stress. Is it time to get rid of some things? Also, it may help a lot to learn some simple meditation practices, such as visualizing (and trying to be in) a favorite place of yours where you feel most at peace. Another is to mindfully breath in and out, taking long slow breaths. The breathing is an important part of practicing Tai Chi or Qi Gong, which you may have heard of before. Its pretty amazing how effective it is for general anxiety. I think the important thing is to practice some form of meditative practice on a regular basis, and then try to put yourself in that place when times are tough. These are not cure but they do help. At least enough until you are able to go out jogging again.
June 9th, 2020 7:38pm
Anxiety is often a constant state that is hard to shake off. The anxious thoughts may seem persistent and you may feel like they'll never go away. I want you to know that this is normal and almost everyone will feel this way at some point in their lives. While you feel unable to shake off the anxiety, it may help to find ways to help you cope with and manage the anxiety levels that you're experiencing. By finding a safe and healthy coping mechanism that works for you, this will be a life skill to help you feel calmer and override the anxiety.