Treatment for Men with Anxiety
Now that we’re on the topic of psych meds, here’s another fascinating piece of information to consider, especially if you or a guy you love is dealing with anxiety… A number of scientific studies has determined that a particular form of psychological therapy, known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT), is actually more effective at overcoming anxiety than the most commonly prescribed psych meds.
One of the great things about CBT is that its methods and interventions can be used across various issues that might be related to anxiety. Whether it’s financial troubles or career stressors, both of which are common anxious fixations for men, CBT can help an individual train one’s mind to respond differently to the thoughts that create chronic anxiety.
DIY Approaches to Overcoming Anxiety
There are several DIY techniques that therapists implement with their patients who are struggling with anxiety that can work well for men. While these can never replace treatment with a trained mental health professional, they can be carried out in conjunction with therapy and have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety symptoms.
Develop an exercise routine: Whether you’re a lifelong athlete or have become somewhat of a couch potato, implementing a regular routine for physical exercise can help you blow off some steam and regulate all those stress hormones which are likely contributing to your anxiety.
The cool thing about integrating regular work-outs into your life is that you get to choose what you like best. Do you enjoy running, playing sports, cardio, or lifting weights? These can all have a huge impact and help you start feeling better today. If you haven’t exercised in a while, it’s essential to set small and achievable goals to help you get into it. Whatever you do, don’t commit to running a marathon tomorrow or other lofty and unreasonable goals. Come up with a 20-minute work-out and carve out time in your schedule to do it a few times this coming week, the way you would with an important meeting. Once you’ve made some headway, it will be a lot easier for you to build on.
Self-Care: When most people think about self-care, they might imagine a woman lying in a bathrobe at a spa with cucumbers over her eyes. While that does count, it is just one of a million different ways to look after yourself.
Like we mentioned with implementing work-outs, the most crucial step for getting into a self-care routine is planning. Whether you want to turn your phone off for 30 minutes to read a book, layout and catch some rays under the sun, meditate, or treat yourself to a healthy home-cooked meal, make sure you get serious about scheduling. Ask yourself what type of healthy activity makes you feel good, and put it on the calendar!
Journaling: Yes, guys, you should be keeping a journal. Especially if you’re struggling with anxiety, journaling can be a powerful method for getting in touch with the rhythms of your anxiety and deciphering some of the underlying causes. Moreover, it can get you into the practice of asking yourself that all-important question: how do I feel?
Write about your family, love interests, dynamics at work, financial stressors, even funny and random things that happened during your day. Trust the process and remember, there’s a reason why so many psychologists have their patients put pen to paper regularly.
Therapy for Men Dealing with Anxiety
Like we mentioned before, nothing has proven more effective in helping men overcome their anxiety than therapy with a qualified mental health professional. If you’re tired of being in your head, of over-thinking, and of constantly fixating on negativity, therapy can help you shake off all these burdensome mental patterns.
If you’re ready to finally get serious about beating your anxiety, contact us today for a free consultation with an empathic and qualified therapist.