How to Overcome Anxiety


    Many teens and adults across the world deal with anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 19.1% of U.S. adults experienced some type of anxiety disorder during the past year and more than 30% of adults will have an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a word we use for some types of fear that are usually related to the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, rather than right now. Some people overcome anxiety by writing things down or talking them out. People are anxious when they are afraid of being judged or even if they are not doing something right. Our body gives us signals which can include heart racing, excessive sweat, loss of concentration, dizziness, loss of appetite, and body shaking. Some easy ways to come over it is by taking deep breaths or using a fidget toy to keep your mind focused on something other than your worries. Eating healthy is another major thing that helps many people. When you eat healthily your mind and body are more relaxed. For example, caffeine is a no-go when you’re dealing with anxiety because it has high amounts of sugar that make your body shaky and overly alert. Meditation can sometimes help with anxiety and can keep your mind and body calm and focused. Listen to your favorite music and take deep breaths, this allows you to focus on your breathing while not worrying about the future and thoughts and making your negative thoughts go away for a while. Communicating with someone and letting them know how you feel and having someone hear you may help lots of people it can be a parent or teacher, friend, or even a therapist. Anxiety is something that many people deal with from time to time and is something that you shouldn’t be ashamed of. 

    It can help to be aware of your thoughts and their patterns; note when they happen and identify what triggers your anxiety. Never criticize your emotions or thoughts because that can increase anxiety. Something small that take less than 5 minutes can help your anxiety is by doing daily checkings and see how your day went if your day was less stressful and more happy it can really  make a difference. If you’re feeling anxious, sharing your thoughts with someone or even writing them down can make a huge difference. Remind yourself that you’re safe. When anxiety kicks in you may feel scared or out of control, with your mind racing to all these uncertain future catastrophes. Sometimes all you need to do is take a break to calm down, even just taking a walk or drawing may help. There are many other ways to relieve anxiety, but it’s something that is not easy to overcome. There may be things that help you in the moment but may not work long term. Never be afraid to speak to someone or ask for help when needed. Letting your worries out can be good and talking to someone you trust, a family member, a school teacher, or a friend may help you resolve them. Anxiety is something that many people deal with on a daily basis and sometimes taking the time to think is the best way to help yourself and know that whatever you’re doing you’re trying your best and you will overcome it. If you’re living with anxiety, keep trying until you find the combination of treatments and strategies that work for you.