Dealing with anxiety symptoms can be difficult and overwhelming, but there are ways to cope and come out the other side feeling more balance and peace. One way I have found that helps reduce my anxious feelings is by focusing on my breath - deep breaths in through the nose while counting slowly to five, then slowly exhaling for a count of five. I also find it helpful to practice yoga and mindfulness techniques - both help me stay grounded and present in the moment.
Another way I manage my anxiety is by talking about it with trusted friends or family members, or even writing about it in a journal. Keeping these feelings bottled up can only make them worse, instead getting them out into the open can help reduce their hold over you. I also try to implement relaxing activities throughout my day such as reading a good book, going for a walk, listening to music, writing poetry… anything that takes my mind away from those anxious thoughts.
No matter what your strategies for managing anxiety may be, along the way it’s important to remember to show yourself patience and compassion!