Anxiety is a term used to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. This would include the emotions and physical sensations we might experience when worried or nervous about something. Anxiety is related to fight or flight response, which is our normal biological reaction to feeling threatened.
A common response to anxiety is to ignore it. It can be difficult but if you can, facing up to how anxiety makes you feel can be the first step to breaking the cycle.
There are many things you can try to help you cope with anxiety. Here are a few suggestions of things you can do to work out how to manage your fears and reduce your anxiety.
Tips on coping with anxiety
Talk to someone you trust
Sometimes just talking to someone about what makes you anxious can make a difference. They might have even experienced similar feelings themselves and be able to chat through it with you or give you some suggestions as to how they coped. Having someone who will listen and show that they care can help.
Learning relaxation techniques can help you with the mental and physical feelings of anxiety. Try breathing exercises which may help you feel calmer.
You may find it helpful to distract yourself from the way you are feeling. Mindfully observe a flower or picture, anything you find interesting or comforting. You might also find it helpful to use a stress ball or focus on completing a puzzle.
Listen to music
Some people find music comforting, listening to music that you find peaceful or that you enjoy can help you feel better. Try making yourself an upbeat playlist for when you’re feeling down or worried.
Going for a walk or a run can help you get some time to yourself to clear your mind. If you’re not able to do physical activities outdoors, or have limited mobility, there are smaller activities you can do indoors that may help too.
You may find it easier to relax if you avoid stimulants such as coffee, cigarettes and alcohol. Some people also find a healthy diet helps them to manage anxiety better.