Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Some coping methods that may help ease your anxiety include:

  • Reaching out to people with whom you feel comfortable
  • Joining a local or Internet-based support group
  • Joining a group that offers opportunities to improve communication and public speaking skills, such as Toastmasters International
  • Doing pleasurable activities, such as exercise or hobbies, when you feel anxious
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Eating a well-balanced diet

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.

Aug. 23, 2011

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