• Anxiety is a normal and adaptive reaction to situations that might be stressful or dangerous. However, excessive anxiety in low stress situations or anxiety that holds you back from ordinary activities and social interactions can be detrimental. If you feel your anxiety is overwhelming or negatively affecting your life, schedule a meeting to talk with one of our counselors. Below are resources that will provide you with more information and self-help techniques to help you manage your anxiety.

    Signs of Anxiety

    • Feelings of apprehension or dread
    • Worry about everyday things
    • Irrational fears
    • Being tense, jumpy, or easily startled
    • Anticipating the worst
    • Restlessness, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
    • Sweating, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath
    • Headaches, stomach aches, or muscle tension
    • Frequent urination
    • Being constantly on edge, unable to relax

    Ways to Cope

    There are numerous methods and tips about how to cope with your anxiety, and each method may be different depending on your type and degree of anxiety. General strategies for battling anxiety include:

    1. Educate yourself about anxiety
    2. Learn to relax. Practice mindfulness
    3. Recognize, challenge, and replace your anxious and worrisome thoughts
    4. Face your fears

    While some of these strategies may seem easier said than done, there are methods available to help you every step of the way when managing your anxiety. Check out AnxietyBC’s Self-Help Home Toolkit for helpful resources and activity forms to deal with specific issues.

    More self-help strategies for anxiety relief can be found at HelpGuide.