Self-help strategies for Anxiety
There are a lot of tools and tips out there for managing your own anxiety, here our top ones:
Track your thoughts:
Write them down or use a phone app like Mind-shift, to figure out which thoughts are making you anxious.
Challenge your thinking:
Ask yourself how realistic your anxiety-causing thoughts really are, by weighing up the evidence for and against. What would you say to a friend who was having these thoughts?
By always dodging situations that make you anxious, you never get a chance to see that they might not be that bad. Instead, let yourself experience these feared situations, a little bit at a time.
Mindfulness practice helps you pay attention to the present moment, and not get caught up in thoughts about the past or worry about the future.
Not every problem can be solved, but there’s usually something you can do. Work out your goals, brainstorm possible solutions, and put these into practice.
Go easy on alcohol and drugs:
If you’re using alcohol and drugs to cope, you could actually make your symptoms worse, both while you’re using them, and in the long run.
Eating well can make a difference to your energy levels, and exercise is a natural anxiety buster. Sleep also has a huge effect on physical and emotional health.
Try to make sure you do at least one thing you enjoy each day. Here’s some tips on how to relax. Go for a walk outside, spend some time with a pet, learn to do something new.
Talk to someone you trust:
Talking to a your friend or family (father, mother, sister, brother) member is a great for expressing how you feel, and also to get an outsider’s perspective on what’s going on.