Anxiety tips

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.

 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.

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.

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.

Visualise 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.