Just think of your anxiety as that one friend who’s also a HUGE DRAMA QUEEN.
Here are some of the words of wisdom readers seeking therapy for help with anxiety shared. (And remember, these tips aren't replacements for going to therapy for yourself — they're just pieces of advice that some people found helpful, and you might too.)
Give yourself permission to leave situations and take a breather.
"After figuring out I had low-level social anxiety, I expressed jealousy towards smokers because they had an excuse to leave parties for a few minutes. She asked why I couldn't leave parties to chill outside for a couple minutes then come back. It was simple but it changed social situations for me."
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When anxiety starts setting in, write down full names.
"It doesn't matter whose names, just start writing down random full names. It serves as a distraction when anxiety starts to take over. Once you start jotting down names like 'John Doe' or 'Eugene Lee Yang' and get into the groove of just making names up or listing the names of people you know, you'll be able to calm down or release the tension you feel, especially if you apply a lot of pressure to your pen or pencil."
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If anxiety keeps you up at night, get out of bed so you don't come to associate those feelings with a space meant for sleep.
"I have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) that gets really bad at night. When I was younger my therapist told me to reserve my bed solely for sleep. When you have anxiety, get out of bed until you've distanced yourself from it enough to sleep."
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