Managing your anxiety

How to manage anxiety

You can control anxiety by learning how to calm your central nervous system to reduce the adrenaline you feel. This will help your heart rate and breathing be more steady.

Ways you can control anxiety are:

  • learn and practice deep breathing
  • exercise every day
  • yoga or Tai chi
  • use a special weighted blanket
  • enjoy aromatherapy
  • meditate or do visual imagery
  • take a warm bath
  • listen to music
  • spend time outside
  • take medicines that reduce anxiety
  • do something that makes you happy
  • soothe and comfort yourself
  • cut back on eating refined sugar
  • cut back or stop drinking beverages that have caffeine
  • find out what causes you stress and try to reduce it

It is important to take time for you every day. Find one thing you enjoy and do it today. Even small steps make a difference.

Schedule an appointment with a counselor or psychologist. Talking to a professional can help you find ways to cope with and respond to anxiety.

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, How to Manage Your Anxiety, mh-ah-14314
First Published: 03/01/2003
Last Reviewed: 01/15/2017