Growing up, I had really bad anxiety, and I never knew how to cope with it in a healthy way. I still have anxiety to this day, but now that I’m older and have more experience, I know how to handle my anxiety in a healthy manner.
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College, work, and just life in general can lead to anxiety, but don’t worry, because there are many ways to cope with your anxiety. The most important thing to know is that you are not alone.
If you’re trying to cope with your anxiety, stay away from caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. I never know that caffeine played a huge role in my anxiety, but now I know that caffeine can really cause my anxiety can be triggered. If you’re having an anxiety attack, do not drink coffee, soda, or any alcoholic beverages. Drink water. It will help with your anxiety. Caffeine will only trigger it.
Another way to cope with anxiety is to listen to music. Music always puts me in the right mood, as there are always songs for every mood that I might be feeling. So, if you’re having an anxiety attack, listen to your favorite artist, or play that one go-to song you always listen to in order to relax. I never liked to talk much growing up, so music played a huge role in my life. I let music do the talking for me, and it has helped me deal with my anxiety in a healthy way.
Writing, doodling, and drawing are also healthy ways to cope with anxiety. Whenever I have a big anxiety attack that almost leads to a panic attack, I take out paper and just start scribbling. It can be paper from your notebook, scrap paper, drawing paper, or anything else you may find. I like to take my pen and jam it onto the paper and start scribbling intensely. And you know what? It helps! Scribbling on a piece of paper at a high speed really helps me to relax and breathe. Make sure to always have some sort of paper with you, and take it out to draw or write whenever you feel your anxiety creeping up on you.
Talking it out helps, too. Call a person you trust and let them know you’re having an anxiety attack. They can walk you through it over the phone. Even if they don’t know quite how to help, just hearing their voice and their reassurance can always help. Reassurance from the right person can go a long way. Whether you’re talking to a family member, a best friend, a coworker, or even a therapist, talking it out can help with the anxiety. Sometimes, all you need to do is scream out loud, releasing everything you’ve bottled up inside for so long.
Whenever I’m having an anxiety attack, I don’t typically like to work out, as I don’t want my pressure levels to go up. However, working out can be a great way to deal with anxiety for most people.
I personally like to watch comedy whenever I’m having an anxiety attack. When in doubt, laugh it out! Watch your favorite comedy show, movie, or comedian, and just laugh. Sometimes, when you’re too focused on a joke, you end up calming down. Watch your favorite comedy movie over and over again, and laugh your heart out.
Finally, when all else fails, I take a nap or go to sleep. Sometimes, it’s okay to be aloof from your friends and family. You need to take care of your health first. If sleeping is your favorite method to help with anxiety, then take a power nap or go to bed earlier. Whenever I feel stressed from work or school, I go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier the next day to finish whatever I had to do. Clearing your thoughts and just going to bed is always a great way to cope with your anxiety.
There are tons of ways to cope with your anxiety in a healthy way. These are my favorite methods whenever I’m having an attack. As long as you are not physically hurting yourself, any method to calm yourself down is a great way to cope with your anxiety.
My name is Linda Tran. I'm 24 years old from Boston and I'm majoring in Marketing with a concentration in Social Media at the Southern New Hampshire University. A fun fact about me is that I learned coding and HTML at the age of 11.