Tips and Tricks

Managing Your Anxiety

There are things you can do to help get your anxiety under control. 

Below are 10 strategies / techniques suggested by the American Psychological Association and Harvard Medical School to help manage anxiety.  

Tips and Tricks

1. Deep Breaths

 you feel anxious, try taking slow, deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose for a count of four, and then breathe out through your mouth for a count of four. Doing this a few times can help you feel calmer.


2. Challenge Negative Thoughts

Anxiety often comes with negative thoughts that make you worry or feel scared.

Try to identify these thoughts and ask yourself if they are realistic. Then replace them with more positive or realistic thoughts.

3. Stay Active

Moving your body releases feel-good chemicals that can help you feel better.

Find activities you enjoy, like riding your bike, dancing, going for a walk, etc.

4. Break Tasks Into Smaller Steps

Big tasks can feel overwhelming and increase anxiety. Break them down into smaller, more manageable steps. Focus on one step at a time, and celebrate your progress along the way.

5. Practice Relaxation Techniques

Try relaxation exercises like deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or listening to calming music. These techniques can help your body and mind relax when you're feeling anxious.

6. Talk to Someone You Trust

It's important to share your feelings with someone you trust, like a family member, friend, or teacher. They can offer support, lend an ear, or help you find resources to manage your anxiety.

7. Take Care of Yourself

Make sure to prioritize self-care. Get enough sleep, eat nutritious meals, and engage in activities you enjoy. Taking care of yourself can help you feel more balanced and better equipped to handle anxiety.

8. Avoid Excessive Caffeine and Stimulants:

Foods and drinks with high caffeine content, like coffee or energy drinks, can increase anxiety symptoms. Limit your intake to help manage anxiety.

9. Use Grounding Techniques

When anxiety feels overwhelming, use grounding techniques to bring yourself back to the present moment. Focus on your senses by noticing five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste.

10. Seek Professional Help

If your anxiety becomes persistent and affects your daily life, consider talking to a mental health professional. They can provide guidance and support, and offer strategies tailored to your specific needs.

Find a Therapist or Counselor at