Alia Bhatt opens up on battling anxiety: 6 steps to deal with it

Alia Bhatt is currently one of the most popular actresses of the Bollywood film industry. The actress opens up about her issues related to anxiety.
Alia Bhatt opens up on battling anxiety: 6 steps to deal with itAlia Bhatt opens up on battling anxiety: 6 steps to deal with it
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After giving blockbuster hits one after another, Alia Bhatt seems to be riding high on her successful career. Recently, the 26-year-old opened up about her struggle with anxiety since the past six months. “I haven't been depressed but I've had bouts of anxiety. It comes and goes. It's been happening quite a bit since the past five to six months. It's not like an anxiety attack but I just feel low,” she revealed in an interview to a magazine.

Shedding light on how she dealt with it, she added, “No matter how bad it is, I just let myself feel it. Sometimes, I feel like crying for no reason. Then it passes. Initially, I'd be a little confused. I'd constantly give reasons that it's because of work or maybe I'm tired or haven't been able to meet anyone... The kind of personality I have, I become a little on the edge. I spoke to friends about it. I spoke to Ayan about it, I spoke to my sister's friend Rohan (Joshi). Everyone told me that you've got to realise that it will go away. What's important is to accept it and not say that you're fine. If you're not feeling fine, then you should just say you're not feeling fine.”

To help youngsters who might be dealing with the same, Dr Kedar Tilwe, Consultant Psychiatrist, Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at Fortis Hospitals, Mumbai says, “Anxiety is an unpleasant state of mind in response to a perceived or impending threat or situation. Approximately 25-30 per cent of the general population may experience anxiety during their lifetime.”

“It has two components, physical (palpitations, trembling, dryness of mouth, coldness of extremities, giddiness, abdominal discomfort) and Psychological (anticipatory anxiety, thought rumination),” he adds. Dr Tilwe lists out six steps that will help provide relief.

  1. Identify what makes you anxious. If possible, figure out the exact event or situation that triggers the anxiety response within you and work on minimising it.
  2. Behavioural techniques such as visualization, controlling thoughts, etc. can tremendously help in anticipating and controlling anxiety symptoms.
  3. Dietary modifications such as restriction of coffee and abstinence from tobacco (both known panicogens) are an important part to resolve anxiety.
  4. Relaxation exercises such as Jacobson’s progressive muscular relaxation, yoga, etc. have been known to reduce anxiety levels.
  5. Psychotherapy such as CBT has a proven beneficial effect.
  6. Psychotropic medications such as anti-depressants have proven to have therapeutic value and can be tried under proper supervision.

Trying to stay calm through breathing exercises is also a great way to fight anxiety. As Dan Millman said: “You don’t have to control your thoughts. You just have to stop letting them control you.”

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