What Are Coping Mechanisms?
Coping mechanisms are ways that people can manage internal or external stress. Every person will prefer a certain kind of coping mechanism to prevent and manage their anxiety. So, there are many healthy coping mechanisms that you can try.
Do what you enjoy
For instance, some people like to distract themselves for a while by doing something that they enjoy. Some examples of that would be listening to music for an hour, playing a game, watching a TV show, etc.
An effective method that can help you alleviate symptoms of anxiety is meditation. Meditation can help you clear your mind and focus on the present, which can be helpful in reducing anticipatory anxiety and worry.
Practicing mindful meditation regularly can also be helpful in long-term anxiety management. Studies show that meditation can help improve stress reactivity.
Another fantastic way to get rid of jitters that may come from anxiety is exercise. Exercise can keep your mind off of what is making you feel anxious because you are focusing on something else.
If you are not naturally athletic, you can try low-impact exercises. Simply jogging for 15-20 minutes or walking for half an hour regularly can help you release your anxiety and help you focus on your body instead of your mind.
Do I Need to Seek Professional Help?
It would be a good idea to seek therapy to help manage your stress and anxiety and find a professional. While there are some tips that you can follow, more serious cases of anxiety can only be addressed properly through guidance.
A professional can help you if you feel like your anxiety is interfering with your relationships, work, mental health concerns, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and is upsetting you. Additionally, professional help could be helpful if you think your anxiety is coming from a physical health problem.
Anxiety can greatly impact your life if you ignore it. Thankfully, there are ways you can be mindful of your anxiety and learn how to prevent it.
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