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The good news is that anxiety is easily the most treatable of the common mental health disorders. There's no magic bullet, but there are many effective techniques that can progressively reduce your anxiety symptoms.
If you haven't already, speak to your GP. They can offer you a range of treatments that you might find useful. Because of the way the NICE care pathway works, you might initially only be offered self-help materials or other low-intensity treatments; if that happens, just make another appointment and you'll get bumped up to the more useful stuff.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the best clinical intervention for most people, but pharmaceutical treatments can also be useful on their own or in conjunction with CBT. Sertraline or citalopram would be the most commonly offered first-line treatments. These drugs are in the SSRI class of antidepressants and take about two weeks to start working. Anecdotally, people with anxiety tend to prefer citalopram. If you have trouble sleeping, it might be worth trying mirtazapine - there's less evidence to show that it's effective in treating anxiety, but it does have fairly strong sedative effects.
Many people with anxiety and panic disorder find it helpful to use a beta-blocker like propranolol. Beta-blockers suppress the effects of adrenaline, so they reduce the physical symptoms of anxiety like shaky hands and a racing heart. The clinical evidence is mixed, but some people find that propranolol immediately stops their panic attacks and takes the edge off their anxiety.
The newest tool in the arsenal is pregabalin. It has similar effects to benzodiazepines like valium, but with significantly lower risk of dependency and addiction. It's usually only prescribed if SSRIs have failed, but it's worth pestering your GP for it if you think it might be right for you.
If you've had difficulty in getting access to suitable psychotherapy through the NHS, you might want to consider the services offered by Anxiety UK. They can refer you to a local therapist at a means-tested rate for as little as £15 per session.
In terms of stuff you can do yourself, my first suggestion would be to take a look at your general lifestyle. People often overlook simple things that contribute to their symptoms. Caffeine is a stimulant and can increase symptoms of anxiety, so try to cut down on your intake, especially at night. Don't give it up all at once, because the withdrawals will shit you up. Hangovers can make your anxiety worse, so try to avoid drinking too much.
Exercise is very helpful - it doesn't need to be anything major, just a brisk daily walk can make a world of difference. Sugar can also contribute to anxiety. There's a two-way relationship between stress and insulin, which can set off a rollercoaster of hypo- and hyperglycaemia.
If you tend to get physically tense or jittery, I'd suggest trying progressive muscle relaxation. It's a simple technique that takes about 10 minutes and has an immediate effect. Full instructions are at the link below.
There's an increasingly strong body of evidence supporting the use of mindfulness to manage anxiety. It doesn't suit everyone, but it's well worth a go. This lecture gives a good outline of the history and science behind mindfulness and includes a short guided meditation. If you're interested, I can recommend the book Mindfulness: A Practical Guide. I've included both an Amazon link and a PDF link.
For a broader perspective on using mindfulness techniques for dealing with anxiety and depression, I suggest looking into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. It's the hot new thing in psychotherapy and appears to be highly effective, particularly for people who don't get on with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The effect of ACT is slightly odd - it doesn't seem to make people less anxious, but it makes them much less bothered about feeling anxious. Again, links to Amazon and a PDF download for a recommended book below.
I'd also suggest checking out your local library. Every library in the country should now have a "Books on Prescription" section, with a vetted range of self-help books.