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What can we do to cope with feelings of anxiety?

What can we do to cope with feelings of anxiety?

Coping with feelings of anxiety can be challenging. There are several strategies you can use to help manage and reduce anxiety. 

Here are some effective techniques:

  1. Challenge negative thoughts: Practice cognitive-behavioral techniques to challenge and reframe negative thoughts that contribute to anxiety. Replace irrational thoughts with more rational and positive ones.
  2. Deep breathing and relaxation exercises: Practice techniques such as diaphragmatic or square breathing. These exercises can help calm your body's stress response and promote relaxation.
  3. Healthy lifestyle choices: Take care of your physical well-being by getting enough sleep, maintaining a balanced diet, and limiting the consumption of caffeine and alcohol. These lifestyle factors can significantly influence your anxiety levels.
  4. Limit exposure to stressors: Identify and manage sources of stress in your life. Whenever possible, try to avoid or minimize exposure to situations, people, or triggers that contribute to your anxiety.
  5. Mindfulness and meditation: Engage in mindfulness practices or meditation to bring your mind and foster a sense of calm. Pay attention to the present moment. This can help reduce anxiety.
  6. Regular exercise: Engaging in physical activity regularly can have a positive impact on your mood and reduce anxiety levels. Find activities you enjoy, such as walking, jogging, yoga, or dancing, and incorporate them into your routine.
  7. Relaxation techniques: Explore different relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, or aromatherapy. Find what works best for you and incorporate these practices into your daily routine.
  8. Seek social support: Reach out to trusted friends, family members, or support groups who can provide understanding and a listening ear. Sharing your feelings and concerns with others can alleviate anxiety and provide a fresh perspective.
  9. Time management and prioritization: Organize your tasks and responsibilities, breaking them down into smaller, manageable steps. Setting realistic goals and priorities can help reduce overwhelming feelings and associated anxiety.
  10. Professional help: If anxiety persists or significantly interferes with your daily life, consider seeking professional help. A therapist or counselor can provide specialized guidance, support, and additional coping strategies tailored to your specific needs.

Remember, everyone's experience with anxiety is unique, so it's important to find coping strategies that work best for you. 

Be patient with yourself and give these techniques time to make a positive impact on your well-being.

Doré E. Frances, PhD