There are many things that can reduce anxiety and make it more manageable. Psychological therapies can help you understand your experience of anxiety and what is maintaining it. It can help you to identify and develop coping strategies and problem-solving skills. There are some medications which people may find useful, especially in the short term.
Many people find mindfulness techniques helpful for anxiety, and physical exercise can also be really helpful.
Other things that may help include:
- Taking a deep breath
- Accepting that you’re anxious
- Making sense of what is happening
- Questioning your thoughts
- Using calming visualisation
- Being an observer of yourself, without judgement
- Using encouraging self-talk
- Focusing on the present moment
- Taking action and making changes in your life
Coping with Anxiety & Panic Disorder: Online Resource
Our free online course ‘Coping with Anxiety & Panic Disorder’ looks at how anxiety is a normal human response to everyday stresses and explains when anxiety can become a mental health issue. It explains what panic disorder is, what defines a panic attack, dealing with and preventing panic attacks and ways to cope with anxiety disorders including positive coping strategies, relaxation techniques, complementary therapies, psychological therapies and medication used to treat the symptoms of anxiety and panic.
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