Small acts of bravery
Try doing something that makes you anxious, even in a small way. For example, if public speaking makes you anxious, put together a small presentation for your friends or family.
Success with small acts of bravery can help you manage your anxious feelings for bigger acts of bravery.
Avoiding anxiety triggers can make you feel better in the short term, but it can make you more anxious in the long term.
Challenge your self-talk
What you think affects how you feel. To change your thinking:
- find new, positive ways to look at a situation that’s making you anxious
- look at the facts – is your thought true?
Anxiety can make you overestimate the danger in a situation and underestimate your ability to handle it.