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How I Deal With Anxiety

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For most of my life, I can remember having anxiety issues. Although I've gotten pretty good at giving off a chill, relaxed vibe in front of others, I'm actually a little bit high strung at times.

I experience varying levels of anxiety that really depend on my life and how I'm dealing with any problems that come my way.

Obviously, my anxiety skyrocketed while I was in college and has since calmed down a bit, but I always struggle with it even if it's not that strong.

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Because I know that there are lots of people out there who also struggle with anxiety, I want to share some of the things I do to help maintain my sanity when anxiety hits. These tips include things I do for major anxiety (such as panic attacks) and things I do for minor anxiety issues, like feeling nervous or small everyday things that might make you anxious.

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1. Take a bath.

Although I enjoy baths purely for the luxury and relaxation, I mostly enjoy taking baths because they're one of my personal methods of coping with my anxiety. I take a bath every time I experience anxiety, whether it's minor or major.

I carry a lot of my stress in my muscles, especially in my shoulders, so taking a hot bath helps relax my entire body. I find it hard to relax my body naturally, so I feel like taking a hot bath relaxes my muscles without me having to put much effort into trying.

2. Take 20 deep breaths.

Deep breaths are always beneficial, whether you're having a panic attack or you're just feeling nervous about something. There's also something oddly therapeutic about actually counting your breaths rather than just absentmindedly breathing in and out.

When you actually count your breaths, it requires more concentration, which helps get your mind off of what you're feeling anxious about.

If you do this once and still don't feel better, keep doing it over and over until you do. I've repeated this several times before - do it as much and as often as you need.

3. Make a point to spend time with a friend.

When I feel anxious, one of the best ways I like to calm myself down is by hanging out with a friend or even a group of friends. It gets my mind off my anxiety and allows me to get out of my head for awhile.

If you feel like talking about it, this is also a good opportunity to vent to your friends and get some feedback about your issues. However, if you just want to relax, that's totally fine too.

Also, be particular about who you spend time with when you're experiencing anxiety. This is the best time, if ever, to be picky about your friends. Spend time with friends who uplift you, who support and love you, and who understand when you just need to let loose once in awhile. If they tire you, annoy you or make you anxious, leave them out of the picture.

4. Write.

If you don't particularly enjoy writing about your feelings, you might not benefit as much from this. However, I'm a firm believer in writing your feelings out no matter how you feel about writing.

It's not about writing itself - it's about getting your feelings and worries out on paper and out of your head. Keeping your anxiety bottled up is only going to wreak havoc on your mind and body.

It's a good idea to write it out because it also helps you sort out your thoughts and organize them. When you write everything out, you give yourself an opportunity to analyze your thoughts and emotions from a different perspective, which in turn helps you think more rationally about your situation.

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If you have anxiety issues, how do you calm yourself?

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  1. Writing everything down really helps me when I'm anxious. Sometimes getting everything out makes it seem like it's not that big of a deal.

    1. Exactly! It makes me feel the same way. I write all the time anyway, but it's especially useful when I'm stressed or anxious.

  2. As someone who also suffers from anxiety, I really appreciate your sharing with us your coping methods. I try the whole breathing thing, and self talk, which helps a lot. Also, music is huge - whenever I feel stressed, I listen to songs that I love and it really helps.

    1. Thank you so much for reading, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I also love listening to music too, it helps me project my emotions outward without bottling them up.

  3. I thought I left a comment on this but I guess it didn't go through. I don't personally suffer from a lot of anxiety issues but I think you gave good advice for anybody to use. When I get really stressed, I like to have some alone time and drink a glass of wine and read a book. Or simply watching beauty Youtube videos to get my mind off whatever's bothering me while also feeding my obsession for makeup.

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you think it's good universal advice. Everyone gets stressed, no matter how big or small it is! I like to relax the same way too.