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5 Simple Strategies For Coping With Anxiety

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5 Simple Strategies For Coping With Anxiety

Life is difficult. School, work, friends and family can be overwhelming at times. Afraid of an important test coming up? Do you have an important business meeting on the calendar? These can all create anxiety for anyone. It’s normal to have these feelings but when they become an issue in your day-to-day routines, it helps to have some tools to use in those anxious moments.  

Extreme anxiety can inhibit your everyday life. Anxiety about a particular situation can cause you to feel worried about everything else. Anxiety can run your life if you let it, but you can take control and learn to thrive in situations that challenge your resolve. 

Learning to deal effectively with anxiety takes skill.


Developing helpful techniques and increasing your tools will benefit you in many ways. Your relationships with others will be impacted in a positive way. And your self-confidence will grow as you develop the habit of effectively responding to situations despite the fears inside of you. 

If you begin to use these simple strategies today, you’ll notice the difference immediately. 

These ideas are simple, but they have the power to revolutionize your life. 

These ideas are simple, but they have the power to revolutionize your life.




Practice deep breathing. Breathing is the simplest, easiest and often one of the most effective ways to cope with anxiety. For a few days, practice deep breathing in a relaxed, private, comfortable environment where you’re not rushed. Close your eyes and inhale through your nose. Focus on taking a large inhalation. Feel the air move deep inside your lungs, filling your lungs with life. Then slowly exhale through the nose, focusing on nothing but your breath. Try spending 30 seconds to a minute taking these deep, lung filling breaths, giving your brain much needed oxygen. This will cause your muscles to relax. These deep inhalations will increase the oxygen in your body which helps you calm down in times when you would normally become stressed out. 

    • When you notice that you’re beginning to get nervous, pay attention to your breathing. If you are taking short quick breaths, slow down. Close your eyes and repeat the process mentioned above. 


    • If you practice this deep breathing exercise before the moment of truth, you’ll be equipped to control your breathing when a stressful situation occurs. When the pressure is on, and you notice your heartbeat beginning to rise, simply pay attention to your breathing and do what you’ve practiced. 


Take a walk. Sometimes taking a short walk can slow down an anxious moment. A walk will give you some time to clear your head and breathe. Avoid thinking about the trigger or stressor while walking at a good pace.

These 5 quick techniques can help you cope with your anxious feelings: 


Eat nutritiously. Avoid unhealthy foods like large amounts of caffeine, sugar and alcohol. Poor choices in your diet are often overlooked as a way to manage anxiety. There are countless apps, blogs and websites that will provide examples of healthy diets.

• Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is a basic step to keeping body is fueled properly, the daily anxieties you experience will be less overwhelming.


Exercise. If you sit at a desk all day, or in class all day, you’ll likely face greater challenges with stress than someone who’s always on the move. Exercise is a fantastic stress relief. Working up a sweat by boxing, jogging, playing sports or hitting the weights can be a perfect outlet for frustration. Getting your body moving and blood pumping will boost your mood and ultimately your self-confidence. All of these contribute to a peaceful feeling and less anxiety on a daily basis.


    • Start small. A brisk jog around your neighborhood or a park near you. No gym membership, no problem. There are hundreds of body weight exercises you can do at home. Pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks are easy to get started with. Feel your anxiety coming on? Do a set of 15-25 pushups and feel some of that anxiety disappear.


Seek professional help. Sometimes, the issues you face with anxiety may require you to seek counseling to overcome them. If you’ve tried many things without success, a mental health professional that is trained to help you overcome these challenges may be your best bet.

It’s normal to feel nervous when stressful situations occur, but without strategies to overcome those nerves, you can feel paralyzed and sabotage your chances of experiencing the success you deserve. Instead, start using these five strategies today to effectively cope with your feelings of anxiety and emerge triumphant over them.

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Ethan Fisher Life CONsequences Founder