Anxiety is more and more common, especially among young people and although this disorder might not seem very serious to someone who has never suffered from it, the truth is that it can really be crippling and terrifying. It can prevent you from enjoying daily life, it makes you have negative thoughts and it can keep you from trying new experiences. However, you are not powerless and you can learn to take control of your anxiety before it takes control of you. These tips will help you slowly overcome anxiety attacks, be more prepared when they happen and, in time, even prevent them altogether.

Find an immersive hobby

Anxiety strikes the most when you have nothing to do, when you’re at work or in an unfamiliar environment. Getting a hobby will allow you to get distracted and spend a few hours completely relaxed, in an environment you feel safe, doing an activity you have complete control over. Whether it’s jogging, going to the gym, reading, DIY crafts or even walking your dog, hobbies provide release from anxiety as much as alternative treatments and allow you unwind. Besides, being good at your hobby gives you more self-confidence and you will slowly notice an improvement.

Find someone to talk you through an anxiety attack

An anxiety attack can strike in spite of your best efforts. Some people experience it when they are all alone in a crowded train station, before an exam or in another stressful situation. If you feel the symptoms of an anxiety attack coming and you are alone, call someone who you know you can trust, such as a friend or a family member and they can you through the attack and calm you down.

Keep a positivity journal

One of the biggest downsides of anxiety is that it makes you think negative thoughts, making you doubt yourself and your relationships with others. In many cases, seeing the negative side of things becomes second nature and people with anxiety can no longer appreciate the good things in life. Keeping a positivity journal helps you remember these things easier and the next time you are dealing with anxiety you can get some good vibes simply by reading it. Write down every single good thing that happened to you that day, no matter how minor it may seem: getting a good grade, meeting an old friend, going for a walk, even watching a good episode of your favorite TV show. Seeing them on all paper will make them feel more real and instill more confidence.

Try to have a good diet

Although diet does not influence anxiety attacks directly, eating only bad food and not drinking enough water can make you feel tired or irritable. For example, if you know that you are going to run errands and this causes anxiety, try not to have coffee or coke before, because this will only make you feel more agitated. If you anxiety keeps you up at night, avoid caffeine and sugary drinks and have a cup of tea or a glass of milk instead.