Is anxiety holding you back and keeping you from doing the things you love in life? What you may need is a good method of managing your stress. Some people take medicine while others go to therapy or group therapy. Read on into the following paragraphs for a number of various strategies, and apply the ones that appeal to you.

Have a trusted resource to call on, whenever you may be subject to an attack. Be it a relative or friend, you should have someone who is aware of your condition and can help talk you through an attack. Having to face one alone is very overwhelming, and you will work through them quicker if you have someone to help.

A useful technique to manage anxiety about an event, or condition is to deliberately exaggerate, the outcome beyond all reason. Relate your concerns out loud to a friend, but describe the outcome you fear with as much emotion, and dramatic detail as you possibly can. When you are done, do it again. While it seems odd, research has shown that deliberately exaggerating the consequences that you fear, will often desensitize you to the trigger, helping you experience the absurdity of it all. This can allow you to place your concerns in a more realistic light.

Keep tabs on or eliminate your consumption of caffeine, nicotine and other stimulants. These substances increase your heart rate and can make you feel more jittery and anxious than you already do. If you cannot make it through the day without several cups of java, look at the reasons why and find ways to make your day less hectic.

Starting a gratitude journal can go a long way in helping you cope with your anxiety. Write down things you are thankful for each day, and elaborate as much as you can. This gives you things to refer back to when you are dealing with your anxiety. A journal can really help you focus on what is most important during these times.

When you are suffering from high anxiety and stress, your body may keep you awake, at times, and cause insomnia. There are a number of natural sleep aids on the market that can help you sleep, or you can go to the doctor and try using a prescription that can help you get the sleep your body needs.

Make sure that you get enough sleep, to help combat the effects of stress. Sleep deprivation, which can cause mental and physical problems, is a major factor in the cause of anxiety. Adults should aim for 7-8 hours of sleeping time each night.

Anxieties are unavoidable, but when you are faced with a situation that makes you anxious, remember to take deep breaths. Breathe in like you are smelling a flower, and breathe out like you are trying to blow out a candle. This will give you more oxygen, slow your heartbeat and calm you down.

When you feel stress encroaching on your life in the future, try out some of these ideas and judge their effectiveness. Some methods are going to work better than others, and making efforts to manage your stress can be hard at first. Exercise patience and remember that controlling stress allows you to better control anxiety.