Action Guide – Managing Anxiety

Stressed and nearly broken
Tired of hurting from broken relationships, betrayals, and loss and are ready to take action to release that pain.

When you’re feeling anxious or stressed, these strategies will help you cope:


‣ Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxation techniques. Stepping back from the problem helps clear your head.


‣ Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Do keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.


‣ Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.


‣ Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.


‣ Exercise daily to help you feel good and maintain your health. Even a short walk can help.


‣ Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.


‣ Count to 10 slowly. Repeat, and count to 20 if necessary.


‣ Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of your
accomplishments.

‣ Accept that you cannot control everything. Put your stress in perspective: Is it really as bad as you think?


‣ Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.


‣ Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.


‣ Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.


‣ Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify?

‣ Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern.


‣ Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed, and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.

I understand that a lot of people have tried many of these things to no avail, which is why sometimes more help is needed.

Hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to stop anxiety. Call if you need help.

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