Everyday Ways to Cope With Anxiety

This year, anxiety surpassed depression as the most common mental health disorder. Although many people are never clinically diagnosed with anxiety, it is still quite common amongst the masses, especially students in college. As a person who often experiences mild anxiety when it comes to taking tests, social circumstances, and other trivial issues, I have learned a few ways to cope with mild anxiety that almost everyone can do at any time.

 

Take a shower or bath.

This is my go-to when I am feeling extremely stressed and I need to clear my head. If you’re having trouble sleeping, the hot water releases melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that helps in sleeping and relaxation. Light some candles, turn on some Netflix, and draw yourself a bath if you need extended me-time.

 

Go for a brisk walk.

Walking can do wonders for anxiety, especially in the cooler months when the air is brisk. Walking gets your blood pumping and releases endorphins, making both your body and your brain feel better. The air can also settle an upset stomach, a common side-effect of anxiety.

 

Treat yourself.

Putting yourself first is important, therefore it is okay to treat yourself sometimes. Grab a few friends and treat yourself to some ice cream or a piece of pizza.

Surround yourself with people you love.

The worst thing you can do for anxiety is isolate yourself. If you’re feeling down, get out of bed and call a few friends. Keeping yourself occupied and reminding yourself that there are people out there that care about you may be the only thing you need to feel better.

 

If you need to, seek medical attention.

It is OKAY to ask for help. There is no shame in seeking medical attention for anxiety, even if it is just to seek therapy in order to discuss solutions further. Plenty of people cope with anxiety and there is no reason to let it hinder your life.

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