i have severe anxiety. it's pretty much become a part of who i am. it's affected my life in several different ways, like preventing me from leaving the house and keeping me from doing things i love..

but i found happiness. i learned small ways to deal with my anxiety, and in turn it made me grow as a person. i want to help you grow too.

here are my tips for dealing with anxiety.

1. distraction = 👍

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so whenever i feel myself getting anxious, i always shift my mind to something that requires a lot of brain power, such as homework or working out. don't give anxiety the chance to take over. shut it down before it gets the chance. i know everyone with anxiety is different and you may not be able to do this. refer to my next tip!

2. pinpoint the cause

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finding the cause of your anxiety is one of the best things you can do to take steps towards prevention. write down what triggered your anxiety, then figure out things you can do to lessen it.

ex: you're afraid of someone breaking in at night.
you can take steps such as locking all the doors, checking locks on windows, leaving a light on, etc.

3. talk to someone you trust

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this doesn't have to be a therapist by any means. you could just talk to your parent, s/o, friend, etc about how you're feeling and ask them for advice. i do this a lot with my boyfriend, especially now that we're long distance. communication is key!

4. give yourself a break

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sometimes you need it. i know how anxiety takes a toll on you and your mental health. schedule a time every few days/week to take care of yourself. take a bubble bath, put on a face mask, do your nails, etc. you deserve it. you are so so SO strong and i'm so proud of you for putting up with your anxiety. it's a tough road, but i'm living proof that it gets better.

That's it for this article! I hope you found it somewhat helpful. I love you so so much. Thank you for reading xoxo