Even if you don't have an anxiety issue, there can be days that just seem so overwhelming - no matter who you are. These are just a few ideas to help you feel better when your world feels out of control.

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Ever get those days where you start feeling really anxious - and it could be about everything (even though nothing is really going on?) Well, I get like that from time to time, and it has been worse the last few weeks (probably with the whole Quitting Smoking Challenge), but I found a few things that help.

1 - One Thing at a Time

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but it is hard to remember. I always create lists of what I need to do, but sometimes those lists get really long, and I start getting overwhelmed. The best thing you can do, is actually tell yourself 'okay, one thing at a time.' As you start working on something, if you feel like your mind is wandering with everything else, just remind yourself again, 'one thing at a time.'

2 - Talk to Someone

Again, might seem like an easy answer, but a lot of times when you're feeling anxious, it's hard to talk to someone. You don't want to seem like you're whining, or anything. Plus you don't want to bother anyone... blah, blah, blah - The list just keeps growing. Talk to someone... Anyone. Vent. Get it out. You have to do something - holding it in just makes the anxiety feel worse (even if it feels like holding it in makes it go away - it really doesn't).

3 - Exercise

Exercise helps with everything... and that includes anxiety. Regular exercise will help your brain and body from getting anxious in the first place (although you may still feel that way from time to time). But exercising at the moment you feel anxious can really help too. Just walk away from whatever is making you feel that way, take a break, maybe do some jumping jacks or something. It may seem really silly, but getting your heart racing, and your mind off of everything will make you feel better.

4 - Ground Yourself

This is a really cool one I learned from a good friend of mine (and it always helps me feel better). Remember it as 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...
Think of 5 things you can see, right in front of you... This very moment
4 things that you can touch
3 things that you can hear
2 things that you can smell
and 1 thing that you can taste.
This helps you when you feel like the world is spinning out of control. Stop and realize that everything is okay, nothing is moving too fast... You're grounded.


These are just some of the things that have helped me when I start feeling a little anxious from time to time - and I hope they help you, as well. If you're feeling anxious all the time, well then obviously talk to a doctor... they know better than I do.



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