Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

These coping methods may help ease your anxiety:

  • Reach out to friends and family members
  • Join a local or Internet-based support group
  • Join a group that offers opportunities to improve communication and public speaking skills, such as Toastmasters International
  • Do pleasurable activities, such as hobbies, when you feel anxious

Over time, these coping methods can help control your symptoms and prevent a relapse. Remind yourself that you can get through anxious moments, that your anxiety is short-lived, and that the negative consequences you worry about so much rarely come to pass.

Sep. 12, 2014

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