Health Tip of the Month

ANXIETY


During the spring months, students often worry about end of year tests and passing to the next grade. Some worry or anxiety is normal, although if someone is worrying more than once in a while or can't function, it's best to get professional help.

According to Yahoo Health, "A poor diet...can also contribute to stress or anxiety. Performance anxiety is related to specific situations, like taking a test or making a presentation in public..." or even meeting new people.

Having some anxiety in stressful situations is a normal part of life, such as before taking a test. To help calm anxiety in temporary situations such as these, follow these healthy suggestions:

•Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet. Don't overeat.
•Get enough sleep.
•Exercise regularly.
•Limit caffeine.
•Don't use nicotine or drugs.
•Learn and practice relaxation techniques like yoga, tai chi, or meditation.
•Take breaks from work or homework. Make sure to balance fun activities with your responsibilities. Spend time with people you enjoy.
•Find self-help books at your local library or bookstore.

If you or a family member seems to have chronic anxiety or worries all the time, visit a health professional for more assistance, or students, see your school nurse or school-based health center staff.

For more information on anxiety or panic disorders, see Yahoo! Health.