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Dealing with anxiety

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Being able to recognise and deal with anxiety is an important step to developing a healthy mind. A person who experiences anxiety can try to help themselves and ease their anxiety by trying the following strategies:

Talking to someone

Talking to someone, like a friend, family member or someone professional can help alleviate the worries and fears that a person is feeling.

Breathing exercises

When a person is feeling anxious breathing properly (long deep breaths) can limit the chances of developing a panic attack and help calm the person down.

Listening to music

When the person is feeling anxious and struggling with anxiety they could listen to music. This could calm the person or it could help to distract them from how they are feeling at that time.

Exercising - go for a walk/run/gym

If a person is struggling with anxiety, they could do some exercise. This would release endorphins that helps the person feel better and happy as the endorphins are released into the body.

Thinking positively

Sometimes when a person is feeling anxious and struggling with anxiety, they tend to have the same worries played over and over again in their minds. However, if a person changes their thinking and thinks that things will be okay, the moment will pass and be over (e.g. like an exam) this can help the person feel better.

Keeping a Diary

Keeping a diary and recording when a person feels anxious or struggling with anxiety, this can help to identify triggers that can help a person understand what events/issues can make them anxious.

Complementary therapies

Complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and other therapies can help a person relax, sleep better and reduce the symptoms of anxiety.

Joining a support group

Being a member of a support group can bring comfort to a person to know that they are not alone. At a support group they get the opportunity to share with others who are facing similar challenges and discuss coping strategies.

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