Understanding and Overcoming Anxiety in Your Daily Life

Have you ever felt super nervous or worried about something, even if it didn't seem like a big deal to others? That's called anxiety, and lots of people, including kids and teens, experience it. Let's talk about what anxiety is and some ways to overcome it in your daily life.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is that jittery feeling you get when you’re worried about something. It can make your heart race, your stomach feel like it’s full of butterflies, and your mind go into overdrive thinking about the "what-ifs."

Common Signs of Anxiety

  • Feeling Nervous: You might feel shaky or on edge.

  • Worrying a Lot: You keep thinking about the same thing over and over.

  • Physical Symptoms: Your heart might beat faster, or you might feel sweaty and dizzy.

  • Trouble Concentrating: It can be hard to focus on schoolwork or other activities.

Why Do We Feel Anxious?

Anxiety can pop up for lots of reasons. Maybe you have a big test coming up, you're trying something new, or you're worried about making friends. It's our brain's way of trying to protect us, but sometimes it goes overboard.

Teen experiencing anxiety

9 Tips to Overcome Anxiety

The good news is there are plenty of ways to manage and overcome anxiety. Here are some tips to help you feel better:

1. Take Deep Breaths

When you’re anxious, your breathing might get fast and shallow. Try taking slow, deep breaths to calm down. Breathe in through your nose for four seconds, hold it for a couple of seconds, and then breathe out slowly through your mouth.

2. Talk About It

Talking to someone you trust, like a parent, teacher, or friend, can help a lot. Just saying what's on your mind can make you feel less alone and more understood.

3. Exercise

Moving your body can help get rid of that anxious energy. Here in Castle Rock, CO, there are many ways to get outside and move. Whether it's playing a sport, going for a walk, or dancing to your favorite music at Festival Park, exercise is a great way to feel better.  

4. Focus on the Present

Sometimes, anxiety comes from worrying about the future. Try to focus on what’s happening right now. Mindfulness activities, like paying attention to your senses or doing a simple meditation, can help keep you grounded in the present.

5. Write It Down

Journaling can be a great way to get your worries out of your head and onto paper. Write about what’s bothering you and how you’re feeling. Sometimes, seeing it written down can make it seem less scary.

Journaling to overcome anxiety

6. Do Something Fun

Distract yourself with activities you enjoy. Watch a funny movie, read a good book, play a game, or spend time with friends. Having fun can take your mind off your worries.

7. Create a Routine

Having a regular routine can help you feel more in control and less anxious. Try to wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, and make time for things you enjoy as well as responsibilities like homework and chores.

8. Limit Screen Time

Spending too much time on your phone or computer can sometimes make anxiety worse, especially if you're scrolling through stressful news or social media. Try to take breaks from screens and do something offline, like reading a book, drawing, or spending time outside.

9. Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated

What you eat and drink can affect how you feel. Eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help your body and mind feel better. Also, make sure you're drinking enough water throughout the day.

When to Get Help

If your anxiety is really intense and doesn’t seem to go away, it might be helpful to talk to a counselor or therapist. They can give you extra support and tools to manage your anxiety.

At Authentic Connections Counseling Center, we make it our mission to assign clients to the right therapists and we promise to involve you every step of the way to ensure you feel comfortable and cared for throughout the entire process. If you would like help in this journey, we are here to find a therapist that meets your needs and aligns with your values. 

Wrapping Up: You’ve Got This!

Anxiety can be tough, but with these strategies, you can feel more in control of your life. Remember, everyone feels anxious sometimes, and it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. You’re not alone, and you’ve got this!

If you’re ready to make the phone call, please reach out to us at 720-370-3010 or email us at info@authenticconnectionscounseling.com for more information. The right therapist can make all the difference in your path to improving your overall well-being and we would be honored to be that difference in your life!