How To Control Anxiety: Experts Break It Down For Us

A guide to living with anxiety in honour of May's Mental Health Awareness Month.

Living with anxiety can be debilitating. Everyday activities can be hampered for those who live with it, and completing simple tasks may seem like a herculean effort.

The intense thoughts and excessive worry that accompany anxiety can sometimes be draining and take a toll on one’s physical health as well. A constriction in the chest, shortness of breath and general feeling of doom can become familiar for those who live with anxiety.

The US celebrates Mental Health Awareness month in May, and we decided to put together a handy guide of our stories on this topic to help people cope with anxious thoughts and feelings. These include stories of people who live with anxiety and advice from experts on how to deal with it.

Are you worried about experiencing an anxiety or panic attack? The terms are often used interchangeably but there are clear differences between the two. Experts explain what these are and offer tips on how to manage both.

We spoke experts to understand what a panic attack is, how to recognise one, how to get through it and when to seek professional help.

As our screens and browser tabs continuously multiply with links to news websites, social media pages and channels flashing dire headlines, there seems to be no escape from the news, never mind negative stories. Here’s what to do if you feel the news is contributing to your anxiety.

Facebook communities share what they want their partners and families to know about high-functioning anxiety as a way to shine a light on the condition.

Do you get more anxious after something good happens to you? Experts tell us why this happens and how to deal with it.

Having anxiety can sometimes get in the way of having a relationship. Here’s how you can deal with that.

There are a lot of misconceptions around social anxiety – many believe it’s “just shyness”, or that someone is being flakey if they cancel on events or rude if they don’t speak when in attendance. To try and raise awareness, we asked people who live with the disorder to share what they want others to know about it.