Summary of “How to Combat Your Anxiety, One Step at a Time”

“Think about how you can contribute, do things, make progress. Just walk outside – even that does wonders.”
“If you’re drinking with people you like and enjoy,” she said, “I think that’s a good thing.” Keep in mind that there’s an increased association between anxiety and alcohol and other substance abuse, Dr. Simon pointed out.
Dr. Simon recommended “Going to nature and attending to the trees and beautiful weather, taking your attention away from the worries and appreciating and noticing something around you.” You might also try “Volunteering in your community or donating to fund-raising” as a way to do something positive while accepting that some things can’t be controlled, she said.
It’s generally the first thing I look at in the morning, and the last thing I look at before I go to bed.
Say yes to the right things”I think self care has become a bad word because it’s often a marketing strategy for things that feel frivolous,” Ms. Mehlman Petrzela said.
Spend quality time with friends, both furry and humanSarah Miller, a writer in Nevada City, Calif., said one of her anxiety releases is to sob into the soft fur of her elderly blue heeler, Merle.
Maris Kreizman, an author and a pug owner, told me, “When we adopted Bizzy, I didn’t even think about how ironic it would be to rely on an animal who is very anxious herself to help allay my own anxiety.”
As Dr. Simon said, “Spending time with people who you find supportive is one of the most protective things.”

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