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Anxiety And Coping With It

Everyone has stress but that doesn't equal to everyone having anxiety. Anxiety causes you to over think, stress, and panic over situations that have not and may never happen. There are a few ways to cope with anxiety to slowly help it get better though. Is anxiety all bad? No! It can actually help you be more alert during a specific time period or help you get the last bit of motivation you need but sometimes it can really get over you and control your mental health, which is not good. Here are a few ways to cope with anxiety!

Tell Someone You Need Help 

Talking to someone during anxiety can not only help you get weight off your chest, it can also help other people understand your situation and help them understand what they can do to help you calm down. For example, if you are an adult with a child who suffers from anxiety, talk to them and if they start getting too Anxious, try to change the topic or try to find distractions. Lets say your child is worried about school, don't just say oh and how about your friends, take slow steps which don't put sudden stress on them. Here's an example

Parent : How is your school going?
Child : Starts getting Anxious
Parent : Because I remember you telling me about some new friends you made, do they live around here because I heard there's a new zoo opening.
Child : Zoo?
Parent : Yeah they have tons of animals.

This conversation takes a topic which got the child Anxious to a topic which allowed the child to follow one of their interests instead of getting worried on the spot.

Try Deep Breathing

 We have said it over and over that deep breathing can be really effective to ground you during anxiety. Breathing in for 4 Seconds, Holding it for 4, Releasing for 4 and Holding for 4 more can help your heart calm down.

What's Realistic And Not What Ifs

During an Anxiety Attack, you focus on WHAT IF _____ Happens and not ____ Can Happen But Its Just A Possibility. This makes your anxiety worse rather than helping you focus on what's happening in the present. Yes, this is one of the hardest things to understand and help to get to but a common way people have started to take control of reality is by writing down when you have an anxiety attack and what happened versus what you expected.

At the end, don't think about what you are doing wrong. Think about what you have done right. Be kind to yourself, you do not have to be perfect. Get a goal and follow that, give yourself a meaning and no matter what you do, remember that everything you do keeps someone else happier.  You got this! Anything we missed? Comment it down below.

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