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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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Balance

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. 

 

Unplug

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. 

 

Write

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

BEAM beam.community

Black Mental Wellness blackmentalwellness.com

Black Mental Health Alliance blackmentalhealth.com

Black Men Heal blackmenheal.org

Melanin and Mental Health melaninandmentalhealth.com

Sista Afya sistaafya.com

Therapy for Black Girls therapyforblackgirls.com

Assoc. of Black Psychologists abpsi.org

Aakoma Project aakomaproject.org

Boris Henson Foundation borisgensonfoundation.org

Innopsych innopsych.com

Inclusive Therapists inclusivetherapists.com

The Loveland Foundation thelovelandfoundation.org

Ourselves Black ourselvesblack.com

QTPOC nqttcn.com/directory

Black Female Therapists blackfemaletherapists.com

 

Latinx Mental Health Resources

Latinx Therapy latinxtherapy.com

Sana Mente sanamente.org

National Alliance for Hispanic Health healthyamericas.org

 

Indigenous Mental Health Resources

Indian Health Services ihs.gov

One Sky Center oneskycenter.org

We R Native wernative.org

 

AAPI Mental Health Resources

Asian Mental Health Collective asianmhc.org

National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA) nqapia.org

Asian Mental Health Project asianmentalhealthproject.com

South Asian Mental Health samhin.org

NAAPIMHA naapimha.org

South Asian Therapists southasiantherapists.org

AAPI Health Forum apiahf.org

 

LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources

The Trevor Project Text START to 678678

The National Center for Transgender Equality transequality.org

The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists aglp.org

LGBTQ Psychotherapists of Color Directory abpsi.org/find-psychologists

Trans Lifeline translifeline.org

The Q Card qcardwproject.com

LGBT National Help Center 888.843.4564

NQTTCN nqttcn.com/directory

PFLAG pflag.org

GLMA glma.org

SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline 877.360.5428

LGBT National Youth Talkline 800.246.7743

It Gets Better Project itgetsbetter.org

 

Substance Use Disorder Resources via @littlewanderingsoul

Alcoholics Anonymous aa.org

Narcotics Recovery na.org

SMART Recovery smartrecovery.org

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) samhsa.org

McClean Hospital’s Addiction Treatment Center mcleanhospital.org/addiction

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre keltymentalhealth.ca

 

Angela Sampers is a Public Relations and Advertising major with a minor in Journalism at DePaul University, she has an overflowing passion for writing. She enjoys spending time with friends, rock climbing, baking, and finding a new book to read.
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