Ways to manage anxiety
How to manage your anxiety
Anxiety is a normal feeling at times, especially right now. There is lots of support available, and the key is to reach out and access it if you need it.
Anxiety often increases when there are lots of unknowns, so having a look through the advice below may answer your queries and help you to feel more in control of your situation. You will find a few tools and strategies that may help to get you started, and links to some extra support if you need it.
You can read detailed information about anxiety from Wellbeing Support Services, where you can access online resources or use the Wellbeing Portal to speak to someone.
Focus on your breathing
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, focus on the breaths you are taking. Count to 4 on inhale and again on exhale. Do this as long as you need to.
Practice ways of calming down
Our calming exercises can help you to calm down if you are feeling panicked, and help you to unwind before bed.
Look after yourself
Make sure you are getting enough sleep and eating a balanced diet. Exercise also makes a big difference to our mood, improves sleep and reduces stress.
Take some time out
Try mindfulness, meditation, reading, walking on the spot, or listening to a podcast or music. Breaks are just as important as time spent working, otherwise we burn out.
Have a positive word with yourself
Keep a record of your thoughts or the things you are worried about to find out what you are thinking and when. Question your negative thoughts and think about positive or neutral alternatives.
Try these websites and apps
- Together All: an online community for people who are stressed, anxious or feeling low. You can use your Warwick login to access this.
- Catch It: Learn to manage negative thoughts and look at problems differently
- See more apps recommended by the NHS