How to Manage Anxiety


Mya Folden, Reporter

Everyone gets anxious sometimes, but if your worries and fears are so constant that they interfere with your ability to function and relax, you may have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is a common anxiety disorder that involves constant and chorionic worrying, nervousness, and tension.


Some coping strategies are taking a time-out, listen to music, meditate, get a massage, or learn relaxion techniques.


Unlike a phobia, where your fear is connected to a specific thing or situation, the anxiety of GAD is diffused – a general feeling of dread or unease that colors your whole life. This anxiety is less intense than panic attack, but much longer lasting, making normal life difficult and relaxation impossible.


Maintain a positive attitude. Make an effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.


GAD is mentally and physically exhausting. It drains your energy, interferes with sleep, and wears your body out.


Get enough sleep. When stressed, your body needs additional sleep and rest.


If you have GAD you may worry about the same things that other people do, but you take these worries to a new level. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day produces anxiety. You go about your activities filled with exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke them.


Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, which isn’t possible, be proud of however close you get.


Overall, having anxiety is nothing to be ashamed about. Anxiety has been a struggle with so many kids and teenagers over the past year and it’s okay to get help if you think you have it.

I suggest starting off going to  , and even telling your parents so they can also help you get the help you need.