When you should seek anxiety relief:

Moderate anxiety is occurs naturally in everyone. Not only does everyone suffer mild anxiety at some point in their life, but in fact normal occurrences of anxiety are necessary and beneficial. When there is the potential for real danger, anxiety prepares our bodies by triggering the release of adrenaline and prepares us for "fight or flight." When we are expected to produce results, anxiety causes us to pay more attention and increases performance.

There is a difference however between good stress, and suffering from an anxiety disorder. Usually the distinction comes in the difference between real danger and perceived danger. If you are constantly fearful of things that you find most people aren't afraid of, you may have an anxiety disorder. Some common disorders include: panic attacks, OCD, phobias, and post traumatic stress. If you feel you suffer from a serious anxiety disorder, please dismiss this information and immediately see a physician or therapist. However, if you would like tips to help control normal and healthy anxiety, here are some of the most effective techniques:

1. Breathe - By taking a few minutes every hour or so to concentrate on deep breathing can help keep you focused on reality, and more importantly give yourself a sense of "center"

2. Quit Coffee - Naturally drinking a stimulate such as the caffeine in coffee will heighten anxiousness and decrease attentiveness.

3. Change negative thoughts - Most worriers don't even realize the negative thoughts that are occurring in their head. The first step is to identify which thoughts are causing you stress, the second is to actively replace those negative thoughts with visualizations of positive outcomes.

4. Exercise - Excess energy can cause your thoughts to run wild, which if you are an anxious person can result in a build up of negative thoughts you need to cope with.

5. Reduce exposure to stress - This technique is often overlooked because it seems like our circumstances define us, but if certain environments or projects cause excess stress that you think may be unnecessary or unhealthy, simply decline those projects. Don't let your environment define you.

6. Focus - If you are feeling exceptionally anxious, immerse yourself in an activity or hobby that requires your FULL attention to take your mind off of things that are stressful. (Woodworking, writing, sewing, swimming etc.)

7. Medication - There are mild prescription medications that can help ease anxiety like Xanex or Valium that people have had positive results from that don't effect their day to day routine.

8. Natural Treatment - There are a number of herbal remedies for anxiety that can help calm your nerves and even make you feel more sociable.