There are many steps you can take that might help with managing and reducing your anxiety; the first step is acknowledging your worries.
It will be difficult to stop worrying when you have anxiety – there may be worries you feel as if you can’t control, situations you are worried about that are out of your control, or you might feel like you need to continue worrying because it feels useful, or that bad things might happen if you stop.
However, there are ways to try and address these worries. These might involve keeping a diary of worries and by writing them down you are able to visually see and understand them. To help you feel that you can control your worries, when they appear during the day, you can postpone thinking about that worry and then set aside a “worry time” during the day to focus on your worries then – this should reassure yourself that you haven’t forgotten to think about them. Talking things through with a person you trust might relieve your worries too. It may be that purely having someone there to listen to you and show they care enough to understand your worries can help.
Looking after your physical health is essential in managing anxiety. Three main factors include getting enough sleep, eating a healthy balanced diet, and lastly, participating in regular physical activity if possible.
Breathing exercises are also a beneficial way to help manage your anxiety and worries. This can help you cope and enhance your ability to feel more in control, and may also help with some of the physical symptoms such as headaches and muscle tension.