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How to calm anxiety in stressful situations

Calming techniques and strategies can help ground you in moments of extreme stress and anxiety. These days, it feels like just being alive qualifies as a stressful situation. Now more than ever, we all need to learn how to calm anxiety and give our overtaxed bodies and minds a much-needed

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Why do I have anxiety? The body’s fight or flight response

Learn why anxiety happens and how you can work with anxious feelings in the most constructive way possible. If you have anxiety, you’re probably familiar with how it feels—racing heart, feeling like you can’t breathe, tight muscles, sweating. But what you might not know is that the physical experience of

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3 surprising effects of anxiety on the body

Ongoing anxiety can impact your whole body, from your brain to your heart, lungs, skin, and hair. Anxiety and stress can have a profound impact on your physical and emotional health. You may already know that too much stress can cause muscle tension and headaches. Plus, it can increase your

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Can anxiety be genetic? Everything you need to know

Many factors contribute to the development of anxiety disorders, including genetics and family history. If your family members have anxiety, you might be wondering about the chances you’ll experience the same issues. Or maybe you have an anxiety disorder and are concerned about passing it on to your children. Yes, there’s

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How performance anxiety leads to erectile dysfunction

Medical review by Dr. Davis LiuAnxiety is one of the most common causes of ED. Why? In the midst of a stress response, your body cuts off blood flow to your penis. Sexual performance anxiety, an aspect of male erectile dysfunction (ED), can be a common source of distress and shame.

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Extreme anxiety: why it’s different & how to work with it

For people who live with extreme anxiety, the experience can be so intense that everyday life feels impossible. Everyone feels anxious sometimes, and many can live and function with mild levels of anxiety. But extreme anxiety is different, especially if it’s chronic. It can be so debilitating that it interferes

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4 distress tolerance skills to try in hard times

It’s hard to stay grounded when you’re feeling emotionally triggered, but distress tolerance skills can help regulate the intensity of your emotions. Distress tolerance is the ability to manage emotional distress, especially in moments where you’re intensely triggered. With practice, you can learn how to regulate anger and impulsivity to

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Alcohol & anxiety: why drinking & mental health don’t mix

Many people drink to relax and de-stress, but using alcohol this way can have a significant impact on your mental health. If you experience stress and anxiety, you might turn to alcohol as a way to unwind and relax. And frankly, that strategy makes a lot of sense. Since alcohol

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Anxiety after drinking: why you get it & how to cure it fast

Alcohol can cause your anxiety levels to increase. In fact, hangxiety can start just a few hours after drinking. After a night of drinking, many people experience the typical symptoms of a hangover—nausea, headache, fatigue, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, and shakiness. But for some people, these symptoms are