Whatever it is that scares you, here are 10 ways to help you cope with your day-to-day fears and anxieties.

These tips are for people who are coping with everyday fears.

If you have been diagnosed with an anxiety-related condition, see our page on generalised anxiety disorder.

You may also be interested in our selection of mental health apps and tools for issues like fear in the Digital Apps Library.

1. Take time out

It’s impossible to think clearly when you’re flooded with fear or anxiety. The first thing to do is take time out so you can physically calm down.

Distract yourself from the worry for 15 minutes by going for a walk, making a cup of tea or having a bath.

2. Breathe through panic

If you start to get a faster heartbeat or sweating palms, the best thing is not to fight it.

Stay where you are and simply feel the panic without trying to distract yourself.

Place the palm of your hand on your stomach and breathe slowly and deeply.

The goal is to help the mind get used to coping with panic, which takes the fear of fear away.

Try this breathing technique for stress

3. Face your fears

Avoiding fears only makes them scarier. Whatever your fear, if you face it, it should start to fade.

If you panic one day getting into a lift, for example, it’s best to get back into a lift the next day.

4. Imagine the worst

Try imagining the worst thing that can happen – perhaps it’s panicking and having a heart attack.

Then try to think yourself into having a heart attack.

It’s just not possible. The fear will run away the more you chase it.

5. Look at the evidence

It sometimes helps to challenge fearful thoughts.

For example, if you’re scared of getting trapped in a lift and suffocating, ask yourself if you have ever heard of this happening to someone.

Ask yourself what you would say to a friend who had a similar fear.

6. Do not try to be perfect

Life is full of stresses, yet many of us feel that our lives must be perfect.

Bad days and setbacks will always happen, and it’s important to remember that life is messy.

7. Visualize a happy place

Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a place of safety and calm.

It could be a picture of you walking on a beautiful beach, or snuggled up in bed with the cat next to you, or a happy memory from childhood.

Let the positive feelings soothe you until you feel more relaxed.

8. Talk about it

Sharing fears takes away a lot of their scariness.

If you cannot talk to a partner, friend or family member, call a helpline such as Samaritans (116 123, open 24 hours a day).

If your fears are not going away, you can refer yourself directly to a psychological therapies service without seeing your GP.

Find a psychological therapies service in your area

Or you can get a referral from your GP if you prefer.

9. Go back to basics

Lots of people turn to alcohol or drugs to cope with anxiety, but this will only make matters worse.

Simple, everyday things like a good night’s sleep, a wholesome meal and a walk are often the best cures for anxiety.

10. Reward yourself

Finally, give yourself a treat. When you have made that call you have been dreading, for example, reinforce your success by treating yourself to a massage, a country walk, a meal out, a book, or whatever little gift makes you happy.

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  1. Do you smell Filthy Lucre? We just ‘Sayin…

    LBRC- ENTERGY? How dumb are Stupid Negroes? Sorry but really! Follow this logic-

    1. Helena Moreno, Nola Council at Large (Note: Intellectually damaged Negroes need to see at least 1 White Face on Council, they’re addicted to it. In 2019, NOLA Negroes are addicted to Hispanic or other on the Council, diminishing their own credentials and their kids to serve! Something has gone terribly wrong in NOLA Negro Coonland!)! She moved to NOLA, went on “TV” and got sprinkled with Fairy Dust it seems, got endorsed by a few popular Coons (These same Coons, one of which was elected a so- called Clerk yet has *NO” law Degree! Not enough “Qualified” Black Attorneys? Hey, let’s just allow anybody to represent you at Court Hearings, how about Uncle Algonquin J. Calhoun?). DUMB NEGROES PUT HIM THERE! She cut some deals and spread some money around and “Whalla”, THE NOLA EXPLOITATION NEGRO COON PARADIGM IS ALIVE AND WELL! Proof?

    1. We fought “Environmental Racism” for decades! Not only at The U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hearings, but with the assistance of New York Law School/Brennan Justice Cemter, Attorney David Udell Represented The State SCLC and others about related matters, as Lead Plantiff which Rev. Avery C. Alexander (A Good Mentor and “Personal” Friend to us) and Rev. Dr. Simmie Lee Harvey were leading witnesses for “The People” and with their assistance, we got a hearing to take our case to The U.S. Supreme Court, SCLC vs. The Louisiana Supreme Ct.! Look it up, we have copies!!!

    2. In 2019, enter ‘Ignant Negro Coons, “Absolute NO Record”, no History on Scientific Fronts, “NO Works” regarding fights for rights “Minus Compensation or some job affiliation with income”, we never knew some to get involved without some sort of compensation!!! Now they’ve become “Talking Experts” on what’s good for the community? Let’s talk ENTERGY NOLA-

    a. Anybody ignorant about Global Warming aka a 3rd Grade Greenhouse Science Project, has to be either a Republican Group Think Echo Chamber NEOCON, or you’re an indigenous Louisiana Perennial Moron aka 50 in The US Class and you’re #50! ‘Betcha you were offered a lot of Scholarships, right?

    b. Coons have the audacity, to offer those of us with areas of “Study” and actually worked in Civil Rights vineyards, perspectives about what the real issues are? 

    ***Take Xavier University, why mention Xavier! Dr. Warren J. Ray, Tenured Chemistry Professor at Xavier University (Ask Pharmacy Students who he is) was also Board Chairman of SCLC, all the years we fought “Environment Rascism”! He helped us lead The Fight! In the year Dr. Ray obtained his PhD, only 7 Blacks in the entire U.S. obtained a PhD in Chemistry. Enter slothful Negro Coons who want to diminish credentials American Rascism did its best to “Take Out”! ***Crendentials used to be the way they kept us out, now its the way they keep us out With Them***! You Coons are The ‘Dregs! This is The Paridigm ‘Dat elects Clerks with no Attorney Credentials, valadates Junk Science and elevates side walk philosophers and pontificators to legendary status! (Don’t get it twisted, lots of Negroes with credentials are sell- outs, we’re talking “Trees” With “ORGANIC” Fruit Delivery Imhotep)!

    3. Judge Griffin very astutely ruled in favor of what should be obvious to the literate- (Not a quote but in essesce)- “Do not attempt to corrupt Democratic Processes! The People 1st and Foremost are The Government who gave consent to be governmened! Therefore, it is their voice which matters most and “Must” not be subverted and/or silenced!-This is not a political commercial, but…, we need voices like ‘Dat on The Louisiana Supreme Ct., the one SCLS sued circa 1988!!! 

    b. From nola.com- The City Council can appeal the judge’s ruling. It’s awaiting guidance from the City Attorney’s office, according to a statement Friday from Council President b. Helena Moreno.- “Judge Griffin made it clear that the past City Council acted appropriately and that it was Entergy New Orleans that undermined the process,” Moreno said. “This affirms the current Council’s position that Entergy used disgraceful tactics. This Council aggressively investigated and penalized the company for their reprehensible acts along with holding additional public hearings.”

    c. Dumb Stupid Negroes and Coons deserve a Moreno! You never learn or can’t! She is a classic Guft of Gab and limited intellect plus absolutely “No Work, Legacy or Reputation in NOLA Vinyards like Civil Rights”! All she and other Coons can do is talk about “Legends”! Like “Rev.” Dr. Ray and Dr. Harvey said- “When you are living, they lie on you, and when you die they lie about ‘cha!”

    The Skinny?

    Why are Coons pushing so hard for an oversized “Gas Oven” at a time when everything else is warming on its own? You smell Filthy Lucre? We just ‘sayin…- Finally, we submitted a video study, published on YouTube about “Rapid Evaporation” and how powerplants influence Hurricane Strenghts, uh oh, like in Puerto Rico. Look up “Rapid Evaporation” or Go here>>>


    btw- Ignorance (Your Ignorance), Coons, Sell- outs and Racist Paradigms “Rule” you! The Most High said he would not have us ignorant, now we know He Meant “Us”!!! We’ve seen all this before, now we understand!

    Peace Out…


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