Tips for Coping with Anxiety

  • Understand and reflect on your anxiety: Keep a journal or diary and track how you feel in different situations, so that you can understand what your triggers are and how they make you react.

  • Challenge your anxiety: Anxious thoughts can be all-consuming, but taking control over them, learning to relax yourself, deep breathing and can be great tools to overcome the panic that anxiety can bring.

  • Create a time to worry and then stop: If your anxiety takes over a lot of the time in your day, you can schedule a session of time with yourself to worry, and save your worries for that specific session in the day. Having this “worry time” can boost your focus and effectiveness in the rest of your day, because you are sure that you will address the issues at hand.

  • Shift your focus: Balancing your thoughts depends on your commitment to feeling better. Relaxation can be found by by utilising deep breathing, meditation and other mindfulness techniques.

  • Solve the problem itself: Once you recognise the problem and can see it from a relaxed point of view, employ a problem solving technique to identify the solutions to your current situation.

Toolkit

Here are some external resources which will allow you to better manage your thoughts and mental wellbeing:

Reframing Thoughts
Mindfulness Techniques
Problem Solving Techniques
With Thanks to the University of Exeter, The NHS UK and The NHS Cumbria, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear