Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions. Despite anxiety being our body’s natural response to stress, it can also cause individuals to feel consumed by fear, worry, and uncertainty if they are not addressed and supported through helpful methods.
One of the most helpful methods of managing anxiety is recognizing your triggers. A few common triggers for anxiety may include: large crowds, talking in front of others, meeting new people, starting a new job, taking a test, etc.
Here are 5 ways to help deal with anxiety:
- Question your thought patterns. Negative thoughts are common in anxiety, however, challenging these thoughts and replacing them with more positive and supportive thinking may help take the edge off anxious feelings.
- Practice deep breathing. One of the most common breathing patterns is called ‘square breathing.’ This is where you breathe in for 4 counts and out for 4 counts for a total of 3-5 minutes. This helps slow your heart rate and trigger your brain to calm down.
- Getting active. Using our bodies to distract our minds is a very helpful tool. Exercise releases chemicals in our brain that help us release stress and feel calmer.
- Write down your thoughts. Sometimes writing down what is causing anxiety can make the thoughts less daunting and severe. This may also assist in you finding patterns to anxious thoughts to be better able to combat them in the future.
- Seek out support through therapy. CBT therapy is a great way to help combat different ways of thinking regarding anxiety- causing situations. A therapist can help you develop ways to change negative thought patterns and behaviors.