Whilst most people have experienced anxiety at some point in their lifetime, anxiety as a disorder can be extremely hard to deal with.

It can leave sufferers feeling helpless, alone and isolated, and can often lead to heart palpitations, nausea, shortness of breath and even panic attacks.

Read on for seven tips on how to tackle anxiety.

Take a break

If you find yourself in a situation where your anxiety is heightened, often the best thing to do is to completely remove yourself from the situation.

Give yourself a break from the anxiety and allow yourself to calm down fully.

Distract yourself

Distraction is often the key when it comes to anxiety disorders.

Whether it’s taking a walk, reading a book or watching a film, distracting your mind from the anxious thoughts is crucial in beating those feelings of anxiety.

Write it down

Sometimes we have so many different thoughts and feelings going around in our heads it can be impossible to keep track of everything.

Writing everything down can be a great way of straightening things out in your head as you can see everything laid out in front of you.

Breathe

Breathing techniques are so important if you suffer with anxiety, as often your breathing can go out of control and lead to shortness of breath and panic attacks.

There are lots of different breathing techniques which can help to calm you down and breathe through the anxiety.

Face your fears

Although it might seem terrifying, often the best way to tackle anxiety is to face your fear head-on.

Think about a situation that scares you, for example, getting trapped in a lift, and then deliberately go and use a lift.

Once you face the fear of doing something, the easier it will get.

Talk about it

As with writing it down, often the best way to make yourself feel better about a situation is by talking about it.

Whether it’s to a friend, a family member or a counsellor, talking about how your anxiety makes you feel can be a great way of getting your anxiety off your chest and out in the open.

Be realistic

Sometimes, anxiety can make you think awful things are going to happen.

Often, however, these thoughts are completely unrealistic and there’s a very miniscule chance of them happening.

It’s worth writing down your fears and then realistically thinking about the likelihood of them ever actually happening.

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