Five Easy Ways to Manage Anxiety Right Now
Understanding how to manage anxiety can help you to get past a panic attack or even prevent one in the first place. If you do not learn the effective coping skills that are needed to handle anxiety, you may find yourself overwhelmed by your emotions.
Five Steps to Handle Anxiety
The following are five easy and workable steps that you can take in order to manage and get past anxiety that is threatening to overwhelm you:
- Take a deep breath and focus on relaxing. By allowing your mind to drift away from anxiety triggers, you will be in a much better position to get past a panic attack as it is setting in. If you have taken the time to learn yoga, breathing techniques or other relaxation techniques then now is the time to employ them. Let your mind take a break from the stress that it is under.
- Remove yourself from the situation that is triggering your anxiety and panic attacks. Are you in a social situation that is overwhelming or new? While total avoidance will not help you to get past anxiety on a long-term basis, if you can step back from the situation on a temporary basis you will be able to calm down and take an objective look at what is causing your anxiety.
- Reach out for help. Keep a list of supportive contacts with you. These can be friends, family members, therapists or coworkers. Anyone who is able to provide you with support and offer you a compassionate ear is someone you need to be able to get in touch with. Help for anxiety comes in many forms. By recognizing the help for what it is, you will be able to manage anxiety.
- Document what you are feeling. What set off the anxiety? What set off the panic attack? How you are feeling and what are you thinking? By jotting all of this down in a journal you will not just be confronting the triggers and your fears, but you will be able to identify them for what they are. This can provide a sense of security and may even help you to relax.
- Don’t pick up an alcoholic beverage or use drugs. It is easy to become addicted if you self-medicate, and substance abuse can exacerbate your anxiety symptoms. Anxiety and addiction are not a good combination or long-term solution, even if you feel a short-term sense of relief from drugs or alcohol.
Getting Help for Anxiety
Call our toll-free helpline to discuss your anxiety and your need to manage your anxiety symptoms. Our compassionate counselors will be able to help you find resources for managing anxiety and addressing any and all issues you are struggling with. We are here to help 24 hours a day. Please call now and allow us this opportunity to improve the life anxiety is stealing from you.