Tips for Handling Anxiety;
I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder almost two years ago and there are some things I do to help cope with my sometimes uncontrollable tendencies to overreact, over-analyze, stress out, freak out, and panic. These are tips I’ve picked up from the therapist I used to see, other people who have the same issues, and/or things that I’ve tested myself that have worked for me.
- Wake up earlier. Set an alarm on your phone/alarm clock and wake up earlier than normal, even if it’s just by ten or fifteen minutes. It really helps me feel like I’m not rushing as much, which is extremely stressful for me.
- Make to-do lists. I know for me, personally, when I feel unorganized, I get stressed out. Even if it’s just basic stuff like “take a shower, eat breakfast, etc.”, checking off the things on the list and then looking at it at the end of the day really helps you establish a sense of accomplishment.
- Start homework early. I know this is, like, the bane of everyone’s existence, but even if you sat down the day you get an assignment that you know is going to take a while to finish and worked for, like, twenty minutes, you’d be really surprised how helpful that’ll be when you come back to it. If you chip away at a big project in small increments, it doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
- Compliment yourself at least once a day. This sounds silly, but a lot of peoples’ anxiety has to do with how they think others view them, when, to be honest, they don’t. Take ten seconds out of your day, look in the mirror, and say, “Damn, my eyes are pretty” or “I look damn good in these jeans” or “This is a damn good essay” or what have you.
- Go for a walk. Even if it’s just around the block or down the street - get outside, put your headphones in, and take just a few minutes to breathe and organize your thoughts. Alone time is important and if you’re not getting it, you’re going to feel really scattered when you have to do things independently. Walk in the rain, the snow, the hot sun - if just for a little bit, get some fresh air in you. It helps.
If there’s anything else anyone would like to add, feel free!