How to Deal With Anxiety: 10 Simple Methods for Those Who Suffer From It

Stay present

To begin with, you need to learn how to stay in the present moment. As cliched as it may sound, mindfulness actually works wonders in reducing anxiety. An anxious mind tends to wander towards the past or the future, which can be a source of worry and stress. It is essential to learn to ‘come back’ to the present moment. There are a host of ways to stay present, but here are a few that you can employ to help you keep your mind in the present. – Meditation: Meditation is a great way to stay present. Research suggests that meditation can help reduce anxiety. When we meditate, we focus on our breath and allow our thoughts to flow in and out of our minds without getting entangled in them. Studies show that this can actually alter the electrochemical activity in our brains, which can reduce anxiety. – Visualization: Visualization can also be a helpful technique to stay present. When you visualize a pleasant scene (such as a beach or the mountains), you focus on that image and keep your mind from wandering. – Writing: Journaling can be a great way to stay present. By writing actively, you focus on the present moment and don’t allow your thoughts to wander. – Exercise: Exercising is a great way to stay present. While exercising, you focus on the activity and forget about your worries.

Breathing exercises

Breathing exercises can help calm your body and mind. There are many different breathing techniques that you can employ to reduce anxiety. Here are a few to help you calm down: – Exhalation Breathing: This breathing technique focuses on regulating your breathing pattern. You should exhale for a longer period than you inhale. This is a great way to calm down in times of anxiety. – Progressive Breathing: This breathing technique focuses on increasing your breathing rate. You start with a slow breathing pattern and increase it as time goes by. Increasing your breathing rate can help calm your mind. – Diaphragmatic Breathing: Diaphragmatic breathing is another type of breathing exercise that can help you calm down. You should try to breathe from your diaphragm and not your chest. – Visualization: As discussed above, visualization can also be a helpful technique to stay present. When you visualize a pleasant scene (such as a beach or the mountains), you focus on that image and keep your mind from wandering.

Practice self-care

When you’re anxious, you probably don’t feel like doing anything. So how can you take care of yourself? It may seem like an impossible task, but remember that you need to take care of yourself first. Self-care is essential for managing anxiety, and it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few things you can do to take care of yourself: – Eat a healthy diet: You probably know that a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains can help reduce anxiety. But did you know that certain foods such as fish and walnuts can also help fight anxiety? – Get enough sleep: If you get enough sleep, you’ll be able to deal with anxiety more effectively. Sleep deprivation can actually make your anxiety worse, and you’ll have a harder time dealing with it. – Exercise: Exercise is a great way to reduce anxiety. It can help regulate your mood and make you feel better overall. – Spend time with loved ones: Social interactions can help reduce anxiety and make you feel better. Spending time with your loved ones and engaging in activities you enjoy can help you take your mind off your anxiety. – Try mindfulness: Mindfulness and meditation are great ways to reduce anxiety. And you don’t have to be an expert at these things to benefit from them.


We’ve already mentioned how important it is to exercise to reduce anxiety. You don’t have to go for a run or lift weights to reduce your anxiety. Simply going for a walk or doing yoga poses can help you reduce anxiety. The crucial thing to remember here is that consistency is key. If you want to reduce anxiety and reap the benefits of exercise, you need to exercise regularly.

Write down your thoughts

Sometimes, it helps to write down your thoughts and feelings. Doing so can help you organize your thoughts and clear your mind. You might even find that writing down your thoughts helps you pinpoint the source of your anxiety so that you can deal with it better. You can write down your thoughts on paper or on an app like Calm or Headspace. There are also other creative ways to deal with your anxiety like art therapy, gardening, or cooking.

Don’t ignore your feelings

It is easy to dismiss your feelings when you feel anxious. You might tell yourself that you don’t have a reason to feel anxious. But don’t ignore your feelings. Anxiety is a normal human emotion. It is caused by a chemical change in the body and is a response to stimuli. You don’t want to ignore your feelings because it will lead to a build-up of anxiety which can be detrimental to your health. Instead, face your feelings head on and acknowledge them. By acknowledging them, you will be able to deal with them better. Read our article on how to deal with anxiety to learn more.


Anxiety is a normal human emotion. It is caused by a chemical change in the body and is a response to stimuli. By managing your anxiety better, you can live a happier and healthier life. To do so, you need to stay present, practice self-care, and acknowledge your feelings. There are various ways to deal with anxiety, and they can be easily incorporated into your daily life. With the right tools and techniques, I believe you will be able to manage your anxiety better.

My approach

I’m an advanced trainee in mindfulness-based Core Process (CP) psychotherapy as well as Somatic Experiencing.

I focus on a mindful approach and help my clients learn how our mind and our body can bring support, self care and healing.

It starts wherever you are right now and welcomes whatever you may bring.

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