Whatever it is that scares you, here are 11 ways to help you cope with your day-to-day fears and anxieties.
Write down your anxious thoughts. Getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxious feelings. It will also help you gain a perspective and process your thoughts by involving the logical parts of your brain.
Create a list of people you can call or text when you are feeling anxious. Don’t be afraid to talk about your anxiety. A lot of people experience it on some level. Find friends that will be able to help you rationalize. Help break the stigma.
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#3 Self Care
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help manage anxiety. Find things to occupy your mind. Be the thing that calms you down. Focus on taking care of yourself in all ways. Fill your mind with powerful, positive thoughts.
When anxious, your body needs additional sleep and rest. So, catch those Z’s. Anxiety can put a damper on your mood. Sleep can help you fight that funk. It’s important to get 8 hours of sleep per night.
Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try breaking out for a brisk walk, run, or hike whenever you’re feeling anxious. Exercise helps you produce “good feeling chemicals.”
Practice breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts. Take a deep breath, put your hand over your heart and repeat, “I have the ability to feel calm, no matter my circumstances. I welcome peace into every cell of my body now.”
Listen to light and positive music. Cue up your favorite song or podcast to shift your focus, improve your mood, and help you relax.
Create a nourishing routine. Anxiety thrives on turbulence and uncertainty. I’ve found that coming up with a good routine helps eliminate a lot of it. If there’s something that’s triggering your anxiety, try scheduling it into your day/week. Then do your best to stick to it. Putting it off indefinitely only makes it worse.
Anxiety likes to pull out the worst-case-scenario. Tell yourself over and over that it’s not going to be as you imagine. Focus on reality.
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