10 Coping Strategies for Anxiety
What do we know about “Anxiety”?
Anxiety is actually a basic and healthy emotion. It functions in the form of the “fight-or-flight” response, in which our bodies physically respond to a potentially harmful trigger. We are then able to determine if we need to prepare, pay attention or be on alert to danger.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), anxiety is "an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.”
More than 40 million people in the United States are affected by an anxiety disorder. Despite being the most prevalent collection of mental illnesses, it’s estimated that only a small percentage of people, receive treatment.
It’s important to learn the difference between having normal anxiety and having an anxiety disorder. There are many different and helpful articles online that can help you determine if your anxiety falls into a disorder category. If you have anxiety symptoms that are interfering with your daily activities, the likelihood of it being a disorder, is pretty high.
“Normal” Anxiety in today’s society, centers around:
and other important situations that require our attention without needing to use the “fight-or-flight” reaction.
These are normal issues, but the reaction it has on our body isn’t good for us.
Here is a collection of some useful habits you can incorporate into your regular routine to combat anxiety stress.
10 Coping Strategies to Help Deal with Anxiety
If you find yourself feeling anxious, and you aren’t sure what to do here are some quick tips to try. Also feel free to share and pass these tips along to help someone else in need.
Take a Walk
Distract yourself with something on T.V. or a Movie.
Try having a mental debate with your irrational thoughts and use all the logic at your arsenal.
Call and talk to someone about something completely unrelated.
Practice some breathing exercises. (There’s some great apps for that by the way)
Listen to some music, and concentrate on the lyrics. (Bonus tip: Create a playlist with upbeat music just for these moments).
Hug (or even Cuddle) someone you care about.
Make a list of anything: random things, things to do, grocery list, etc.
Take a nap. (A personal fave)
Get moving and Do Something With your Hands. (color, create art, write, bake, etc.)