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What to Do When You’re Feeling Anxious

We all experience feelings of anxiety at times in life. 

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. 

Recognizing triggers is a good first step to understanding what brings on anxious feelings and symptoms. For some it can be new experiences, loud noises, or stress at work to name a few.  

Try the following when you feel anxious: 

  • 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? 
  • This can help put what is going on into perspective and regain some control.  
  • For example, if loud noises trigger you and someone in the household drops something loudly, questioning why you’re feeling anxious will reveal that you are safe. 
  • Counting 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 is causing anxiousness. 
  • Talk with someone about feelings. 
  • And it’s okay to say what you’re feeling in the moment. It doesn’t have to wait until anxiety passes.  

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. 

Contact us at 303.617.2300 

You can walk in at our Connect 2 Care Clinic, available Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 6 PM and Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, or our Crisis Services location, available from 7 AM to 11 PM, seven days a week. 

If you need help when we’re not available, please contact Colorado Crisis at 844-493-TALK (8255) 

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