Managing Your Anxiety in a Healthy Way + Mental Health Resources

As someone who has struggled with anxiety for the majority of their life, I’ve learned that there are healthy and unhealthy ways to cope. Most of the time I tend to fall under coping in unhealthy ways that heighten my anxiety even more, only because it becomes a horrible and comfortable routine. Allowing yourself to break those habits and learn how to cope positively can improve your mindset and overall well-being. I know how scary asking for help can be, but I promise there are people out there who love and support you. Remember that you are doing the best you can, and that’s what matters the most. 


Healthy Ways to Manage Anxiety:


Go outside

Sometimes fresh air is all you need. Breaking up your day by putting yourself in a new environment can help alleviate any stress and worry throughout your day.

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Fuel your body

Make sure you set out time to nourish and hydrate your body.

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Maintaining a balanced to-do list is important, do not take on more than what you can handle. It’s okay if you are not productive today, any progress made is enough no matter how small the task. 



Take a break from social media and limit your screen time. Creating a detoxed break in your day can help maintain your overall focus and motivation, as well as prevent burnout. 



One of the best ways to process all of your thoughts, feelings, and emotions is to write it all out on paper. 

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Try something new

Picking up a new hobby that you can learn will occupy your time and help you take a creative break.


Talk to a friend/family member

Building relationships and being able to have someone you can trust and to turn to, to be open to talk about your worries, thoughts, and feelings with, can be extremely therapeutic. 

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Do whatever brings you joy and comfort

Recharge by doing things you love. Watch your favorite comfort TV show/movie, or make or treat yourself to your favorite meal




May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the only way to destigmatize mental health in our society is to become more open in our discussions and to normalize asking for help. From @soyouwanttotalkabout on Instagram:


General Mental Health Resources

Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 888.273.8255

The NAMI Helpline 800.950.NAMI

Postpartum Support Intl. 800.944.4773

National Hopeline Network 800.442.4673

Veterans Crisis Line 800.273.8255

Disaster Distress Helpline 800.985.5990

Mental Health America Text MHA to 741741


Black Mental Health Resources


Black Mental Wellness

Black Mental Health Alliance

Black Men Heal

Melanin and Mental Health

Sista Afya

Therapy for Black Girls

Assoc. of Black Psychologists

Aakoma Project

Boris Henson Foundation


Inclusive Therapists

The Loveland Foundation

Ourselves Black


Black Female Therapists


Latinx Mental Health Resources

Latinx Therapy

Sana Mente

National Alliance for Hispanic Health


Indigenous Mental Health Resources

Indian Health Services

One Sky Center

We R Native


AAPI Mental Health Resources

Asian Mental Health Collective

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)

Asian Mental Health Project

South Asian Mental Health


South Asian Therapists

AAPI Health Forum


LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

The Trevor Project Text START to 678678

The National Center for Transgender Equality

The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists

LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory

Trans Lifeline

The Q Card

LGBT National Help Center 888.843.4564




SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline 877.360.5428

LGBT National Youth Talkline 800.246.7743

It Gets Better Project


Substance Use Disorder Resources via @littlewanderingsoul

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Recovery

SMART Recovery

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

McClean Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre