Dealing with Anxiety

Megan Smith, Staff Writer

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Anxiety is defined as a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. A lot of people do not know how to cope with anxiety or how to get help to keep it from becoming worse. According to, it affects 18.1 percent of the population every year in the United States. This website also has some tips to help manage anxiety through mind, body, and action. Taking time out is, in my opinion, the best way to help calm yourself and start your system back up. Listening to music, doing some yoga, or even just stepping back from your problems can help manage your anxiety. Getting a good amount of sleep is also very important in keeping yourself mentally and physically well.

Talking to a therapist, in person or online, can allow you to get your stresses out to someone who is willing to listen. If you do not want to share your thoughts with a stranger, talk to a friend, teacher, or someone you trust. If you do not want to share it over the phone there are text hotlines available all the time for you to get your feelings out. (Text HELLO to 741741 to talk to a live person.)

At some point in everyone’s life anxiety will come and go. Some good ways to help anxiety stay away are to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and keep a positive attitude. These three things are not only key to staying anxiety free, but also a healthy lifestyle. Anxiety is not shameful to have, nor should it be an embarrassment. It is a part of human nature.