Solutions for Anxiety – Do’s and Dont’s

Here are some solutions, what should you do with anxiety:


  • Notice how it is affecting you and pay attention to how you would rather be feeling.
  • Remember to breathe.
  • Focus on something interesting and engaging: a hobby, a project, a conversation with a friend, an activity.
  • Play with a pet. Arrange flowers. Play a sport. Watch a movie.
  • Stay active in your life. Continue going to work and/or school. Take care of children. Keep your house clean. Take care of your personal hygiene.
  • Surround yourself with people who care about you. Spend time with your spouse, children, parents, colleagues, friends, neighbors.
  • Engage in conversation that is interesting and meaningful.
  • At other times, engage in trivial talk!
  • Try to limit discussion about the anxiety to less than 5% of your conversation.
  • Pay attention to whether what you are doing or thinking is what you want to be doing or thinking and whether or not it fits for you.


  • Don’t isolate yourself. Anxiety will try to get you to think you should be alone. Don’t listen to it.
  • Don’t spend time thinking about how you feel. Anxiety will take over.
  • Don’t talk about anxiety more than 5% of the time and then only about your successes over it.
  • Don’t let anxiety get you to second-guess yourself.
  • Don’t let anxiety get you to imagine what others are thinking.
  • Don’t fall prey to anxiety’s ploy to engage in repetitive behaviors.
  • Don’t let it put images of disaster in your head.

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