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Have you ever felt anxious? A few simple practices can help you to manage your anxiety and avoid its negative effects. 

One, disconnect to reconnect. When you’re anxious, you might feel compelled to turn to social media, for distraction or comfort, but doing so can actually raise your anxiety. Instead of scrolling through social feeds, stay off your devices to give your mind some quiet.

Two, walk it off. If the weather is pleasant, go for a stroll outside. The sunshine will provide a boost, which can improve your mood and ease symptoms of anxiety. If you’re limited to indoors, that’s okay too, any physical activity can improve mood and help you reduce anxiety. 

Three, utilize the power of your mind. Sometimes, we can calm our minds by focusing on the positive. If it’s an upcoming event that triggers your anxiety, try to keep a positive attitude. Tell yourself it’ll go great, instead of thinking about every little thing that could go wrong.

These three tips will help you manage your anxiety the next time you’re met with a stressful or nerve-wracking event.

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett

Taylor Bennett is Senior Writer and Editor at Thriveworks. She devotes herself to distributing important information about mental health and wellbeing, writing mental health news and self-improvement tips daily. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism, with minors in professional writing and leadership from Virginia Tech. She is a co-author of Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book and has published content on Thought Catalog, Odyssey, and The Traveling Parent.

Check out “Leaving Depression Behind: An Interactive, Choose Your Path Book” written by AJ Centore and Taylor Bennett."

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