3 Tips for Managing Anxiety
Anxiety can feel overwhelming. Here my tips for managing anxiety!
Think like a scientist: Anxiety often tells us that the worst-case scenarios is likely to happen and overestimates that likelihood. It makes us think that if the bad outcome did happen, we would not be able to handle it. Most of the time this is just not true. To remedy this type of thinking, ask yourself questions about the probability, likelihood, and veracity of your thoughts? Is this anxious thought even accurate? How likely is it that your fearful thought will actually happen? Even if it does happen what are ways that you actually can manage it? How could you solve the problem should it even become one?
Do the anxious thing: Anxiety often leads to avoidance. One of the ways to deal with it is to face your fears (as long as it’s not literally unsafe to do so). If you are afraid of speaking in public, guess what, the way to address the anxiety is to actually speak in public. Do the anxious thing long enough for your anxiety symptoms – especially physical symptoms – to peak and then fall. Once you see that the anxiety provoking situation is not actually as bad as you thought it would be you may be able to do it again – and then again, and again until you’re not so anxious anymore. Even if you feel some anxiety, at least it won’t keep you from living your best life.
Coping Skills: Coping skills are actions you can take to make you feel better – in a healthy manner. No matter where you are you always have access to your breath. Slow and deep breathing can help calm your anxiety. You may also distract yourself by using your senses – listen to music, squeeze a teddy bear, take a walk, call a friend, read a book, yoga, meditation. These activities can help take your mind off of the anxious situation, helping out to feel calmer and more relaxed.
Therapy: Seeking professional mental health services to diagnose and treat anxiety disorders is highly recommended. Talk therapy can provide an emotionally safe space to process experiences that may contribute to your anxiety, increase your emotional support system, and practice skills that can help reduce anxiety symptoms.
Medication: Medication is also used to treat anxiety disorders. Consult with a psychiatrist or medical professional with the appropriate expertise to determine if medication is right for you.
Note: This post is intended to provide general information. It is not medical advice or a substitute for seeking your own medical advice. Consulting with your own healthcare professional regarding your specific situation is needed to properly diagnose and treat any (mental) health disorder.