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Whether you have anxiety over small things like checking your alarm over and over again to see if you set it, or big things like socializing, these tips can help you. 

Don’t stay still

Moving your body is an important part of health. Both physical and mental. Exercising, even for 15 minutes a day can help boost your mood and help you feel better about yourself. Don’t make exercising a chore. Find exercises you like so you can look forward to them.

Schedule time to have a “worry session”

Take a few minutes to yourself to identify what is bothering you and what you can do about it. Focus on the triggers of your anxiety. Have this “worry session” the same time every day. 

Breathe

Take deep breathes and relax. Focus on your breathing. Take slow breaths in, hold it for a few seconds, and then slowly let it out. 

Take control of your thoughts

When you feel negative thoughts coming up, turn them into positive ones. Imagine yourself facing your anxiety. The more you do this, the easier it will become. 

Spend time with your friends or family 

Spend time with people who make you happy. Surrounding yourself with friends and family can help you get out of your head. Your friends and family are always there to support you, so lean on them whenever you need to. 

Look for triggers

Think of times or places when you notice yourself getting the most anxious. Look for patterns and try to avoid those places the best you can or face it head on. This can help you put your worries into perspective. 

Holly Arace

Scranton '23

University of Scranton '23 English Mjajor
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