Tips For Managing Stress and Anxiety

Stress and anxiety affect everyone. If current events have you feeling anxious, worried, or scared about the future, know that it will be OK. Just like before, help is still here. Read below for some self-care tips and different strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

The Difference Between Stress and Anxiety

The good news is that stress and anxiety are a very normal part of life. Everyone will deal with stress and feelings of anxiety at some point in life. Take a minute to learn more about the difference between stress and anxiety.

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Top Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety

Take a moment

Take a deep breath. Take a moment to observe your breathing and let the negative stress release with every exhale. Remind yourself that no matter what your situation is, it will get better, help is available, and you will get through it. Use this moment to decide to do something good for yourself.


Take time to relax

pool-690034_1280There are many different ways to relax. Not only is relaxation a great option to take your mind off of your stressors, it’s also a great way to decrease the negative effects of stress. Try to set aside time, whether it’s once a day or a couple of times a week, to practice relaxation techniques. Everyone is different and what works for you may not work for others. Cuddle up with a good book in a quiet space. Get some fresh air by going for a walk. Go see that movie you’ve been wanting to see. It’s less important on what the activity is, as long as it works to give you some relief from stress. Here are some other popular relaxation options:

  1. Clear your mind with meditation
  2. Take a Yoga class or do some light stretching on your own
  3. Go get a massage
  4. Try deep breathing techniques

*If you’re dealing with anxiety: It’s still important to take time to relax, give yourself a break, and practice the stress management techniques listed above. However, it’s not recommended to completely avoid the activities or situations that activate your feelings of anxiety. Many people can and do whatever they have to do while feeling anxious. Learn more myths about anxiety.

Make self-care a priority

» Eat healthy

Eating healthy foods like fresh fruit and vegetables and getting enough nutrients every day is important to your mental and physical health. Try to eat whole foods as often as possible and avoid skipping meals.


 » Get enough exercise

To maintain your physical health, it’s currently recommended to get your body moving and keep your heart rate elevated for at least 150 minutes per week or to get 75 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. But exercise has other great benefits like boosting your energy, improving your mood, and helping you fall asleep.

Have limited mobility? Check out some exercises that may work for you!

**If you are new to regular exercise, consult with your doctor before beginning a vigorous exercise routine. Always start slow and build up your capacity slowly to avoid injury.


 » Get enough sleep

We can’t put enough emphasis on how important regular sleep is. Most people need at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night to function at full capacity.


» Limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol

Caffeine and alcohol can worsen or trigger anxiety. It’s best to drink water to stay clear, focused, and hydrated!


Reach out

» To friends and family

Your family and friend networks are key during a stressful time in your life. Research shows connectedness can protect you from the risk of suicide. Check in with yourself and decide if your friends or family are the right option for you.

» To your doctor or therapist

Be sure to let your doctor know if you have been experiencing prolonged negative stress or anxiety. If you don’t have a therapist, your primary care doctor will be able to provide you with a referral if that’s what you choose to do.

» To a crisis hotline or service

If you’re in a crisis and just need to talk to someone who will listen and cares, call a suicide prevention or crisis hotline. Click here for a list of hotlines.

Volunteer in your community

Sometimes the best feelings come from helping others. Volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen, offer to help a friend or family member who may need your support, or donate to your favorite charity.


Try to stay positive and do your best

Try to keep a positive mindset or outlook on situations in life. This doesn’t come easy or naturally to many so you may need to make an effort to turn negative thoughts into positive ones. All you can do is try your best!