Dealing with anxiety can be extremely difficult.
As I have learned in my own experiences, everyone handles situations differently.
What are some coping mechanisms that you can use next time you feel anxious or uneasy about something?
I have a few suggestions:
1.) Step back from the problem | Take a second to really look at the issue at hand. Ask yourself, “why am I stressed?”
2.) Eat well and get enough sleep | When you’re stressed or anxious, your body needs to get extra sleep sometimes. By doing so, your mind will be well rested and functioning better! Eating well and balancing your diet will also help boost your energy during the day so you don’t feel as depressed at times, which can cause more anxiety.
3.) Take a deep breath | I’ve learned that breathing, and breathing slowly, truly relaxes your mind and heart. It may seem silly, but close your eyes and just breathe. You can take as many deep breaths as you want until you feel relaxed and ready to keep tackling the stressful situation.
4.) Talk to someone | Opening up as much as possible and talking about what’s going on in your life is always a plus when struggling. Whether it be a family member, friend, or therapist, always feel that someone is there for you and supports you at your most anxious moments! Don’t be ashamed.
5.) Learn what triggers your anxiety | Learn what makes you anxious, and try to work at it as best as you can. Take small baby steps toward conquering the fears that go along with this “trigger.”
6.) Stay positive, it takes time | Last but not least, stay positive. At times, you may feel like you will never make it out of “panic mode.” I look back and realize how far I’ve come and that going through those struggles has made me who I am today.
You are not alone, and anxiety does not define you.
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