By: Grace Gufler
Anxiety can feel consuming, overwhelming and burdensome. As a result, persons with anxiety live in fear of their symptoms and, therefore, begin to avoid anxiety triggers. This can lead to social withdrawal and a diminished quality of life. Life with anxiety does not have to prevent you from living your life. This blog post will give you some helpful tips on how to manage your anxiety, without engaging in avoidance behaviors.
Identifying and understanding your triggers of anxiety can be very helpful, but it is important to remember that you do not have to avoid your triggers to manage anxiety. Once you have an understanding of your triggers of anxiety and your unique symptoms of anxiety, start making a list of some helpful self-care techniques and coping skills you think would help. This should be a list that is very unique to your personality, lifestyle and presentation of anxiety. For example, if I am someone you enjoys yoga and finds it helpful, I would think of ways I can engage in variations of this activity throughout my day. Think of this as a coping skills on the go list: something you can do in less than one minute and in any environment. Here are some examples:
- Breathing exercises
- Affirmations or mantras
- Grounding techniques
- Progressive Muscle Relaxation
- Drinking water/tea
- Stress ball
- Fidget spinner
- Essential oils
If you feel prepared to manage your triggers of anxiety, you are less likely to engage in avoidant behaviors. Try a few of these out and be patient with the process, it may take some time for you to find the right coping skills for you.