Coping with anxiety

Anxiety can feel overwhelming sometimes, but we’ve got advice to help you cope.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is the feeling you get when you’re worried or scared about something. Some anxiety can be helpful as it can keep you safe from danger. But sometimes anxiety can make you feel like things are worse than they actually are and can feel overwhelming.

If you’re feeling anxious, you might:

  • feel your heart beating really fast
  • get scared, worried or tense
  • get fidgety, or shake after something’s happened
  • feel sick or get a funny feeling in your stomach
  • struggle to think about other things
  • have a panic attack.

Anxiety feels different for everyone, so you could also feel something completely different. It’s also normal to have times when you feel more and less anxious.

Almost everyone gets anxious sometimes, but if your anxiety is stopping you from being able to live your life or do things you normally enjoy then it’s important to get support.


Ways to cope with anxiety

Whatever’s causing your anxiety, there are ways to cope:

Yoga for anxiety

Social anxiety

Someone with social anxiety or a social phobia will get really anxious in social situations. This could include going out with friends, to a party or having to meet new people.

Lots of people worry about social anxiety, but there are things you can do if you think you might have it:

  • Talk about it
    Tell someone you about how you’re feeling. Talking about your feelings can help you to feel more in control, and means that people can know that you might need support sometimes.
  • Relax
    When you feel yourself getting anxious, take time to breathe and focus on the moment. Take slow, deep breaths and remind yourself that your anxiety can’t hurt you.
  • Challenge your negative thoughts
    It’s normal to worry about things when you’re feeling anxious, you might worry that everyone is looking at you, or that you’ve said something wrong. When you start to have negative thoughts, take time to be kind to yourself and think about what a good friend would say about you in that moment.
  • Visit the doctor 
    If your feelings are stopping you from being able to live your life, it’s important to get help. You can always talk to your doctor about what’s happening for support.

Overcoming social anxiety

Other types of anxiety disorders