Understanding anxiety and anxiety disorders

Self-help Approaches

Some feelings of stress, anxiety and depression may be relieved by the use of relaxation techniques and exercise. Progressive relaxation training is helpful in relieving panic feelings and can help people to gain some control over what is happening to them. Yoga, Tai Chi and other exercises are also believed to be beneficial. The key is in finding the approach which helps each person. For some people, relaxation is best found by taking part in physical activities, such as running, walking or gardening, rather than by relaxation.

Access to psychological interventions

Psychological interventions include formal approaches and guided self-help. CBT in particular has been found to be very effective in treating common mental health problems. CBT is based on the idea that negative thinking results in negative reactions. It involves assessing the reasoning behind a person's thinking, and then gradually exposing them to the situation that causes stress or anxiety in order to change behavior and boost self-confidence.

For more information on guided self help, visit the Living Life website