Coping with anxiety
We all experience feelings of anxiety at times in life. For some of us, its persistent and overwhelming and likely made worse as we struggle with the COVID19 pandemic, health concerns, job loss, and more.
Rapid breathing and heartbeat, sweaty palms, feelings of worry and fear, nervousness, irritability, a sense of impending doom, difficulty concentrating—those are symptoms of anxiety, our body’s natural response to stress.
It’s important to recognize triggers, which can be new experiences, loud noises, stress at work, a new job, to name some of the possibilities. Everyone has different triggers. Understanding what brings on anxious feelings and symptoms is an excellent first step to managing an anxiety attack.
The following are strategies that can help you cope:
- Take deep breaths. Inhaling and exhaling slowly. Try the 4-7-8 method of breathing, as it can help with feelings of anxiety.
- Question thoughts in the moment. Are fears true? Is something triggering anxiety?
- For example, if loud noises trigger you and someone in the household dropped something loudly, questioning why you’re feeling anxious will reveal that you are safe.
- Count slowly to 10 can help in the moment when feelings are intense.
- Going for a walk or exercising can be a way to focus on the body and lessen anxious feelings.
- Take a moment and write down feelings, which will help sort through thoughts to help determine what’s causing anxiousness.
- Talk with someone about feelings.
For anxiety symptoms beyond the occasional, it is a good idea to seek help from a mental health professional to talk, get care, and understand triggers.
Call us at 303.617.2300, option 2 to speak with an Aurora Mental Health Center professional.
Habla en vivo con un terepeuta, 303-617-2300, opcion 2. Lunes – Viernes, 8am to 4pm.
If you need immediate help, our Connect2Care clinic is available for walk-in mental health care or call 303-617-2300 to schedule an appointment.