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10 Ways for how to Calm Down When Anxiety Strikes

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Anxiety is a terrible feeling. Your heart races. Your mind races even faster. You feel like all of the problems that have been hovering at the back of your mind suddenly need to be dealt with all at once. You imagine terrible things happening even though there's no good reason to think that they are. You panic.

How can you deal with this awful feeling when it creeps up on you. Here are ten ways to help yourself calm down when you're feeling anxious:

  1. Identify the true cause of your anxiety. Most of the time, there's something that we're worried about that lies beneath the thing that we think is causing us to be anxious. If you are skilled at figuring yourself out then you might be able to determine what's really going on. For example, you're sitting by the phone waiting for your boyfriend to call and you're feeling completely anxious and you're sure that something horrible has happened to him or he's out on a date with someone else or ... that's what you think is causing the anxiety but what is really causing the anxiety could be that you've been feeling unsafe in this relationship and you're not sure where it's going. Although there's still a problem to be dealt with, you are able to recognize that it needs to be dealt with in a different way and that it's not the phone call that you're anxious about. This can reduce the immediate feeling of anxiety.
  2. Exercise. Sometimes we can't talk ourselves down from that feeling of anxiety. It's just too strong. We can't think clearly. All of the emotions are coming at us. We feel like those surface problems are the real problems. Now what? Exercising is a good way to get out of your head and into your body for awhile. Do something that gets your heart pumping. Do something that's physically challenging so that you can focus on your muscles and your lungs instead of whatever it is that is making you feel crazy.
  3. Breathe. There are going to be times when you feel anxious and you need to get out of your head but you can't just go for a run. You might be at work or at school or in a courtroom and you need to sit still. You can still get focused on your body by focusing on your breath. Take deep breaths, inhaling to a count of ten and exhaling to a count of ten. Or inhale give, exhale six, inhale six, exhale seven, etc. until you can't go any higher. Focus on how your breath feels in your chest and your nose. This will help get your mind off whatever is making you anxious so that your body can calm down a little bit.
  4. Ask yourself what's the worst that could happen ... and how you'd handle it. Often we end up anxious about something because we are scared of it. If we can identify exactly what the worst thing about it would be and come up with some sort of action plan about how we would handle it then the anxiety may ease up. For example, you're anxious about an upcoming test. What's the worst that could happen? Even if you fail out of school and end up in a totally different career path, you're still going to be alive. Try to focus on the worst thing that could realistically happen. Pay attention to how this makes you feel, though. Some people go off the deep end into their fears and this exercise makes them feel worse instead of better.
  5. Stop and smile. You can make yourself feel better just by acting like you feel better. Smile. Attend a laughing yoga class. Have someone tickle you. As the muscles in your face act happy, your body's limbic system will actually respond and you will feel a little bit happier. You'll feel calmer. Some of the anxiety will ease.
  6. Analyze the extent of your anxiety. Ask yourself what your anxiety feels like. Don't focus on your thoughts. Focus on how tight your chest feels or how fast your heartbeat is. Try to rate your anxious feeling on a scale of one to ten. Simply taking at a look at your anxiety and recognizing it for what it is can sometimes help to reduce its impact.
  7. Read a soothing book. Your brain needs to be taken away from whatever is causing it so much stress. A soothing book can be a great way to get away for a little while. Some people read the Bible, others read books of affirmations, others read uplifting quotations. Read something inspiring and lighthearted. If your mind is still racing with anxiety, try reading aloud.
  8. Write a list of everything that is okay about your life right now. We are usually okay in the moment even though our anxiety would have us think we aren't. Making a list of all of the things that are going right and that feel safe can help us to realize that. Your health might be good, your sister might be in town, your clothes might fit great ... whatever is right in any way should go on your list. Don't think about the "buts"; just count your blessings.
  9. Talk about what's going on. Talking about what's happening and what you're anxious about can sometimes make the feeling go away. The trick is to make sure that you talk to someone who isn't going to exacerbate your feelings or dismiss them. Choose someone who is a good listener. Let them know in advance that you just need to vent and you don't need advice. Or if you're looking for someone else to give you a little bit of perspective about how realistic your fears are then ask for that. You might consider talking to a friend who you trust but who isn't enmeshed in your every day life. Alternatively you might consider talking to a mentor or older family member. You might even think about talking to a counselor depending upon the extent of your anxiety and how long it's been happening.
  10. Take medication. For many people, anxiety isn't just a passing thing that can be controlled with breathing and positive thoughts. Many people have real medical issues with anxiety that they need help with and medication can provide that help. If you can't get a grip on your anxiety on your own then you might want to consider speaking to a psychiatrist. These other tricks will still work for you once the medication has brought things down to a more manageable level.

Comments

Grace on July 16, 2019:

That is some great advice. Exercising is indeed a helpful approach to adopt. Taking a nap can also be helpful, that is what usually gets me to calm down and feel better, whenever I get too emotional or extremely stressed.

Nicole K on June 27, 2019:

Thank you so much for this list! I agree with everything you mentioned. I also like listening to a calming praise/worship song or working on a drawing or painting. Those activities really relax me. Taking deep breaths works really well, though, also. Taking a moment to say a prayer about what you are stressed about can work wonders, too. Thank you so much again and God bless!

Reno on January 03, 2015:

It's a plarsuee to find someone who can identify the issues so clearly

June on October 27, 2013:

This was helpful for me, because of my frequent anxiety attacks..

emdi on January 07, 2013:

Couple of more ideas to treat anxiety

https://hubpages.com/health/How-to-overcome-anxiet...

Greg Weber from Montana on September 07, 2012:

I like #1, identifying the true cause of your fears. That's very useful, because I think a lot of the things I worry about are mostly a focal point - something for my brain to fixate on.

I think I'm often afraid of something much, much deeper. And older. Old traumas that are largely subconscious.

Leah Vanessa on September 06, 2012:

Thanks for this :) I'm allergic to anxiety, so I needed this :P :)

Ebonny from UK on July 31, 2012:

I love number 8 - appreciating what is going right and what is good in life helps keep things in proper perspective. As they say, there is always someone worse off.

The others are very useful too. Thanks for the advice.

stanwshura on July 27, 2012:

typical peers, the fear of screwing up and being judged is ever-present, benzo or not. I bet if I could eliminate the primary issues (yeah, and I wanna pony, and all the candy in da woyolrd, and a gajillion moneys, and a firetwuck and...), the anxiety would dissipate in short order. If, if, if...

stanwshura on July 27, 2012:

Good, thorough article, with advice worthy of following. I have se vere anxiety, and, I deduce, it centers on very rational fears of screwing up, misconstruing, and being judged and belittled, especially at work. My bio explains the alphabet soup of issues that make my anxiety, well, almost rational, I feel.

Because I often "see" things so very differently than my neuro-

dominic112 on June 09, 2012:

Thanks

danny on May 25, 2012:

my son's mom doesn't always drop him off and because of this every time i'm suppose to see him i get overwhelmed with anxiety because I don't know if I'll see my son or not.

I've tried breathing but sometimes that doesn't help the heart racing and the stomach turning. Trying to get your mind off of something bothering you is hard, but its the only thing that works for me. I find listening to music and singing out loud often helps, but not always.

meloncauli from UK on May 11, 2012:

Good article. In practice I have found that is is rarely productive to keep digging to find the reasons why you became chronically anxious. If it is an obvious ongoing stressor then of course it should be addressed or you would be kicking your own broken leg trying to recover. Homing in on and addressing the anxiety itself is paramount if no obvious stressor exists. Many people waste a lot of time searching for the reasons why. Anxiety problems or disorders often do appear to build up and creep up one silently.

@mama stay hopeful as I recovered after nearly 30 years of panic disorder.

Vegas Elias from Mumbai on May 08, 2012:

Very useful writing. I normally do point number 4 i.e., think what is the worst that could happen and be prepared for it. Voted you up and would also like to follow your writings.

mama on April 30, 2012:

I have really bad anxietyand panic attacks that are hard to come down from. even after the attack my stomach still feels as if butterflies. are in there. once I have one its hard to keep from having another one. I. haven't found but one thing that works..getting my mind off it by praying and reading or watching a movie. everybody is different. I still struggle today but I know one day I will go through life and not be scared of having one every day. thanks

Emma on April 24, 2012:

Thanks so much for these helpful tips; I had a review yesterday that didn't go as planned. I didn't realise that I was having an anxiety attack because it's been so long since I had one. I found this page online and feel so much better now; the world isn't about to end after all! Thanks again.

Sanjay S on April 21, 2012:

Very informative and practical artical.Thannks

diego on April 19, 2012:

i started smoking medical marijuana and its been the most efective medicine ive tryed yet

Leon on April 08, 2012:

sometimes chocolate might help

Declared_Insane on April 04, 2012:

Nice article. We need to know the difference between social anxiety and a panic attack, the two are different and should be treated differently.

I have a great technique for those with social anxiety like myself. I couldn't get work because I was awful at interviews because of anxiety. I found this technique in NLP as I read lots of psychology and related books. When I applied this technique I got almost every job I applied for, if I got an interview that is.

It works with triggers and anchors, I'll explain. When you are in the state you desire and create an anchor/trigger such as a word, a mantra or action. You validate that the trigger is associated with that state. After you've created a strong anchor through repetition, whenever the undesired state appears, you use the anchor/trigger to bring the desired state.

I use a mantra, something like this: "I am calm, relaxed, confident, I know exactly what to say at exactly the right time". For the first month when I was around the house with family and felt very comfortable, or come up with great idea or felt very confident and relxed, I'd repeat the mantra. So now I hardly ever repeat it accept when I feel anxiety and guess what, the anxiety just melts.

I truly hope this works for you guys also, I know how horrible it is to life with social anxiety. But remember this might just be a quick fix, it's not going to fix the underlying psychological reason for the anxiety if there are any.

Melissa Spicer from Kentucky on March 20, 2012:

So glad (maybe that's not a good way to put it) to see others are suffering from the same things that I do. Maybe not glad to see someone suffering, but happy to see I'm not crazy. Panic attacks are real and the worse part about panic attacks is when people don't understand that it is a real condition that you can't just snap out of. Thanks for the hub. :-)

Ryan Perkins on March 16, 2012:

When I had my first panic attack I had taken too much cannabis and thought for a few hours I was going to die, I didn't know what was happening at the time so I had no idea how to calm myself down. When I finally came to my senses I realised no amount of drugs is worth that kind of experience. From that day I never touched it again.

Yesterday and today I had another panic attack which made me so depressed from thinking and put me into tears, I believed a had something seriously wrong with me and used the technique involving the paper bag to calm myself down. I also spoke out to my father who helped a tremendous amount. I now know that nothing bad will ever happen during these attacks and you will eventually calm down. Also write down your experience as that helped me.

EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE OK.

Ruby Glasser from Wyoming on March 02, 2012:

1) THERAPY... some people do need and benefit.

2) Medication can be helpful for some when anxiety reaches an abnormally high level, is chronic, and causing problems in functioning. I've seen people get their lives back even though I'm not a big fan of meds personally.

3) Explore self-guided imagery if you are the type of person interested in meditation.

jasper420 on February 22, 2012:

Very usefull informative hub I suffer from sever anxiety and panic attacks exersize helps but what realy hit me on your hub was the first tip idenitfy the cause makes since great work very helpfull!

sweetguide from River side on February 15, 2012:

Very good hub, All are really Good Tips.

Beverly from Philadelphia on December 27, 2011:

Good information. I have anxiety so I get all of this. :)

Heath on November 27, 2011:

I have horrible anxiety and the breathing doesn't help nor writing it I did find that exercise is good when I can also telling people the exact reson why you feel anxious (if you know ) helps too but as a question I still have anxiety attacks an stuff even after doing all this but I'm only 16 an don't want to have to take meds

Eiddwen from Wales on October 10, 2011:

A brilliant hub and thanks for sharing .

Take care

Eiddwen.

ShonEjai from California on October 09, 2011:

never thought about reading a soothing book. usually i end up choosing a book that makes me MORE anxious (due to my thoughts). i will try reading a favorite book next time. thanks very much for the thorough post. best, www.picture-speak.com

Kamran! on September 22, 2011:

useful info:P)

naturalsolutions on September 20, 2011:

For me the best way to calm down is to breath deeply and think of something or just count 1-30 while breathing so deep. Closing your eyes is suggestive way too. Great tips:)

Xinox Leugim from Philippines on September 17, 2011:

Greetings to you, Ms. Kathryn. This is indeed very true! Anxiety creeps on us like a thief at night, sometimes, unexpected when we feel everything is at its best and suddenly there comes which induces our fear to be on its foreground. At all cost, anxiety has really to be managed because if not it will affect our mental health and activities. If we leave it as it, it might result to greater problems. So the best thing to do is to follow your hints when anxiety is on its attack before it sink out to a deeper ground.

trina47 from Ohio on July 07, 2011:

Well written article, good advice. I have suffered from anxiety and panic for a long time now. I do take daily medication, but still fight it sometimes, thanks for the tips :)

Cynthia on June 28, 2011:

My problem is that, I am always worrying about my body or if I am going to be alright in places that make me nervous. I always knew I was claustrophobic, and don't do well in buildings but it was never bad until this year. I still have general Anxiety, but I am proud that I managed to subside the social anxiety.

I did well, doing breathing exercises, or positive thinking. Then of course there is always music. I always make sure to drink Chamomile tea, every day. Can't live without it.

Moon Daisy from London on June 07, 2011:

Great hub. You've included some very sensible suggestions. I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks and find that exercise helps a lot. I do tai chi exercises or light jogging (even around the house is good!) I also find rose oil to be very calming. A few drops sprinkled on my clothes helps me to be relaxed.

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on May 21, 2011:

I take medication for my anxiety. I also exercise and practice deep breathing. Works wonders.

victoria from Hamilton On. on May 11, 2011:

I totally agree with all your strateges.

For me midnight is the time. I often see 2:00 come slipping around.

What usually works for me is harking back to my childhood,that little girl that I was.I go back to several scenes and stay there and discuss the stuff that's going on and create a closure of sort which is an added bonus.

HighGuy420 on May 05, 2011:

sweet hub thanx for the information i get that really bad, next time it happen's i will try what you have said

Mark from Alabama,USA on May 03, 2011:

Very nice hub - I gave you a link from my hub below

https://hubpages.com/hub/Do-you-suffer-from-Panic-

if they click on anxiety it takes them to your hub.

Anyway I have enjoyed following you maybe you can return the favor and give me a link to one of my hubs sometime.

Godbless

Ikeji Chinweuba from Nigeria on March 30, 2011:

Great article with wonderful tips on how to calm down when anxiety strikes.

jelliott115 from Cincinnati on March 23, 2011:

While I agree with some points, MEDICATION IS NOT THE ANSWER!!! Not by a long... LONG shot.

People need to shake the "I can resolve this problem by taking this pill because the doctor told me so."

I used to suffer very severely from anxiety disorders and when prescribed medication, it only made it worse. I could go on and on about my plight, but that does no one any good.

People need to find the strength within themselves either by using a catalyst (their religion, exercise, family etc) to solidify their mental state.

Good article, but a definitive NO to medication.

kingvirgo23 on March 21, 2011:

Very nice..You are great thinker

funmontrealgirl from Montreal on March 20, 2011:

An action-forward hub towards alleviating anxiety. I must say all of these help.

panic away one move technique on March 09, 2011:

Anyone read "biology of belief"? This book will make your realize how much stress negatively affects your well being down to a cellular level and even "turns on" your bad genes to create cancer, and other genetic diseases. It's more important to reduce stress than we realize.

emmhol on March 03, 2011:

Those were all very good ideas. I find exercise, particularly outdoor, recreational exercise (as opposed to the gym or the treadmill) revitalize my spirit.

Mrs.Ms on February 27, 2011:

I am so glad there are other people who understands what anxiety is and that we are now crazy we just have to learn ways to deal with it to better our life.We will not be controlled by anxiety life is better then a bunch of panic and useless fears.

RichERich1175 on February 24, 2011:

As someone that has suffered from an anxiety disorder in the past and was on medication, i wanted to thank you so much for your blog!! Unfortunately, in today's world, doctors automatically, without any hesitation, to prescribing medications. It is nice to know that they are natural, healthy alternative out there for us. Your words have resonated with me!!!

Emma from Houston TX on February 24, 2011:

This article have just relief me now. Thank you very much. Atleast, i can handle anxiety very well now

mustanggkidd from florida on February 23, 2011:

exersise is a wonderful way to forget stress thank you!

no longer anxious from British Columbia on February 20, 2011:

Good advice, Lavender works for me, long walks as soon as I feel one coming on is also good. BABY POWDER, believe it or not, brings fond memories of childhood (if it was good) and calms the nerves. HOT BATH. music and dancing in the living room !

cheers guys.

Chouji-Von-Lycan on February 17, 2011:

thank for your hub, this is very helpful

steel plate on February 16, 2011:

Great article. Very useful.

HealthScienceGuy from Portland on February 16, 2011:

Great article. Very useful.

ii3rittles on February 11, 2011:

I suffer from anxiety and panic attack and know how horrible they can be. Talking with God always helps but I know there are people that aren't on my same beliefs, so I recommend aromatherapy. I use lavender oil and it is MARVELOUS for anxiety! Great tips though!

john on January 30, 2011:

its so good to feel i am not the only one thanks i will try some of theses tips

medor from Michigan, USA on January 07, 2011:

excellent... i am a ptsd survivor and all of this is exactly what my therapist have told me for years... thanks for sharing.

Ruchira from United States on December 03, 2010:

I like the way you organize your hubs by jotting them down in points...makes it easier to follow :) Good job!

fucsia on December 01, 2010:

Your tips are very useful!

In the past I had some anxiety attack. I faced it with your item 4.... It worked!

Now I habit to listen to my body and wonder always "why" for all my reactions (your point 1!!). I think that is for this I no longer suffered from anxiety.

Mohan Kumar from UK on November 30, 2010:

Great hub and very useful article..

MoneyCreator24 on November 30, 2010:

Great hub. Very good article.

May I mention something in addition?

I found for myself a big difference between anxiety and fear. From my point of view anxiety is containing everything and nothing, is like fog, unseizable. Fear has something concret, one can give his fear a name, fear is seizable.

To get anxiety handled its important to break it down to some concret seizable fears one can work with.

Rismayanti from Tropical Island on November 30, 2010:

exelent hub.. good sharing.. thank you. keep sharing

Judy Kingston-Smith on November 23, 2010:

Very nice hub and thank you for the useful information. It is very helpful to have a list of things one can work through when feeling stressed. I also agree with CreditRepair775, it does wonders when you go out and help other people who has got bigger problems than you...

JohnnyJayPierce on November 22, 2010:

Great hub, great tips. I actually used some of them to calm my self down - and it worked!

neeleshkulkarni from new delhi on November 18, 2010:

any depression yoga believes is due to lack of PRANA or life force and it is the absence of life force that cuases us to panick.as per the ancient science of yoga the only way to increase the PRANA in your body is through the practice of pranayama or regulated breathing.

Series of breathing excercises have been taught by yoga practitioners all of which invlove deep breathing in various forms of which the simplest is anulom vilom pranayam which invovles sitting in a comfortable position and using the fingers of one hand to close the left nostril then inhale thru the right and then close the right exhale thru the left and then again inhale thru the left and closing that exhale thru the right.This comprises one round of anulom vilom or nadi shodhan pranayam.Regular practice of at least 5-10 such rounds will not only reduce tension, blood pressure etc but keep the mind calm.Each round lasts between 45 secs and one minute and hence time required is also not much.It can be done by people in a state of health.

Anyone wanting more details can email me for explanation clarification.

thanks for a great hub

rmbso.com from Guangzhou on November 16, 2010:

Exercise. This way is very good for calm down when you're feeling anxious.

dmanet from NY on November 16, 2010:

Biting my nails has been working wonders for me... although I admit trying to ditch the habit and focus my energy on exercising!

BioMedGirl from Corpus Christi, Tx on November 16, 2010:

I occasionally have anxiety attacks and I've used breathing and exercise both in the past to effective ends. Lately I've taken to mindless solitaire games until I calm down enough to rationally think through the situation as you suggested. Nice hub!

Trinsick from Cali on November 16, 2010:

I like having a rational conversation with myself, "self-talk" and it seriously helps.

ibraheem kayode from Lagos nigeria on November 16, 2010:

Nothing to be proud of...life is a lesson....am shot of word nice hub author!

mr williams from Norfolk, Virginia on November 16, 2010:

Exercising really does work. I used it when I was in foster care. Great hub with legitimat information. Thumbs Up!

CreditRepair775 on November 16, 2010:

I would also recommend getting out and volunteering to help other people. Often it can help refresh your perspective to see others with larger problems than your own.

blankasworld on November 16, 2010:

Awesome! Totally true, although most people don't realize that it's what they need to do in order to relieve the pressures on their minds and psyches. Some may even disregard the information in this article completely, but that would be totally unwise.

You go, Girl!

nicnac from Ireland on November 16, 2010:

Some of these suggestions are so simple and so effective, thanks for pointing out more ways to curb anxiety, really interesting hub!!

Miffy09 from Perth, Australia on November 16, 2010:

What a good hub topic. I find breathing and reassuring myself that its all in my mind helps a lot. I find it happens in the middle of the night and most other ways of dealing with it arent helpful, so its a mind game to chill myself out.

jennablur from New York on November 16, 2010:

Great hub surely! What really helps me mostly is if I can talk about my feelings.

Susan Reid from Where Left is Right, CA on November 15, 2010:

Kathryn,

Your hub came up first when I logged in this morning. Coincidence? Definitely NOT! My son has been dealing with crippling anxiety recently. Everything you've suggested is what we've been told by his therapist. And the #1 thing that is helping him right now is medication.

I so agree that understanding the root cause of the anxiety is essential, too.

Thanks for this handy guide. I will share with my son.

MM

sally33 on November 14, 2010:

very useful...tks for sharing

Mary Roark from Boise area, Idaho on November 14, 2010:

Great tips for de-stressing in order to put things in proper perspective and work through them. The greatest thing is to understand what we can do something about and then do it, but if we have no control over it... let it go!

fitman from Ankara,Turkey on November 14, 2010:

I do number 8 when I feel bad.

Let me share what I do when I feel depressed ;

I close my eyes and think what makes me stressful then

I abruptly look at the sky and think about infinity.

This method helps me a lot maybe you can try

burning bush on November 14, 2010:

Great list. Exactly how best to respond especially when not on medication. Good useful hub.

ptosis from Arizona on November 14, 2010:

I have 2 mp3 meditation that I've put up online for anybody to down load. The originals were on cassette tapes and so the beginnings of these meditations sounds like rumpled magnetic tape but that's only for the first few seconds.

one is EMDR and the other is Bernie Siegal. If anybody wants a copy then email me.

LaurieDawn on November 07, 2010:

Greetings Kathryn,

Thank you for your insightful hub on panic. I have suffered for years and am always learning new things on how to handle it, and make my way through.

Thank you for the useful information.

Blessings.

Laurie

hattersmen on November 04, 2010:

Kathryn, stress is everyone and sometimes we end up having anxiety. I think this is really important to know. If ever i will feel the anxiety, will do your advice. Thanks!

Panic on October 28, 2010:

Make sure you get enough exercise. Although it is not easy to motivate yourself to exercise when you are preoccupied with anxiety from the fear of having panic attacks, it can make a big difference in lessening the anxiety a panic attack can bring about. Exercise releases chemicals in the brain that promote positive thought and a general sense of calmness. And there are lasting effects of these chemicals beyond the period of exercise. The tension in your muscles and joints will be greatly lessened by engaging in physical activity and this also helps to reduce anxiety. Of course, you should also see your doctor if you think you have a panic disorder.

agent007 from Florida on October 14, 2010:

Thanks so much for this information. I too suffer from anxiety and will take your advice.

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on October 12, 2010:

Anxiety sneaks in when you aren't watching. Don't be too trusting that nothing is wrong and just shrug it off because the more you ignore your anxieties, the more they eat you up. Yes, immediately, find out the cause, and then 2-9 will help you address solutions. You need not arrive at 10- medication- once you had nipped your anxiety early in the bud.

Focus on positive activities rather than dwell for a long time on what's interfering with your healthy outlook about everything, about people, and about yourself. Chronic anxiety can make you sick. Good hub for healthy living!

parkersarah8415 from USA on October 10, 2010:

Kathryn, you always amaze me with your high quality hubs.

M. T. Dremer from United States on October 09, 2010:

Interestingly enough, a lot of my anxiety comes when I haven't eaten the proper meals for the day. When your body can't function properly it is easy for every little annoyance (like accidentally knocking over a glass of water) to feel like the end of the world. I also get a lot of anxiety over interruptions. If I'm trying to focus on writing or something else and I keep getting interrupted, I need to pull back and address the thing that is interrupting me so that I don't try to do both and just get angry. Good hub and resource!

Rika Susan from South Africa on October 09, 2010:

Will give this to my mom. Great anxiety-reducing tips. Drinking Chamomile tea also helps.

TroyM on October 08, 2010:

Printing these out, thanks! And hey, something cools helps bring the body - and emotions down. Think: ice cream!

fbeauty09 on October 08, 2010:

Very very useful hub

thank you

Darrin Perez from Puerto Rico on October 07, 2010:

Very useful hub and great advice! :)

dgicre from USA on October 06, 2010:

Very good tips and so useful! Find so much good information here on hub pages. Thanks for sharing! Fish oil and also B vitamins are very helpful with the associated stress and really helps keep you mellow as well.

jeanie.stecher from Seattle on October 06, 2010:

These are very useful Kathryn. Indeed if one who is attacked by anxiety just follows these tips, it will surely help. Nice article.

Vanmil on October 06, 2010:

Great article very useful tips!

Gabriel F. Alava from Madrid on October 06, 2010:

Great article, as always.I have suffered anxiety after a big problem in my life and had to learn to control it myself, with no help.Wish I would have red your article before.It is a pleasure following you.

amsmoving on October 06, 2010:

this was quite a useful hubpage, I believe that the way you wrote the context and the way that the information was presented was quite refreshing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your article, I hope to read more from you soon thanks again for the hubpage.

Ingenira on October 06, 2010:

Great advice. Sometimes, watching a movie to divert the mind helps me too.

mikiy on October 06, 2010:

What about listening to your favorite song?!

EliKen on October 06, 2010:

I have found that exercise is the only method that works for me, because the sources of stress are too numerous to overcome by isolation or other methods...

Ken@EliKen