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Feeling Anxious? Add These 5 Tactics to Your Toolkit

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Susan Ko, Ph.D.
November 21, 2022

Maybe you’re nervous when you’re tasked with presenting at a meeting, or you tense up even thinking about socializing at a party with new people. Maybe you can’t sleep the night before a dentist’s appointment. Whatever it is, having anxieties like these at some point or another may be an expected part of life.

Given that, building a toolkit of ways to cope can be helpful for just about anyone in handling situations that bring up anxious feelings. Indeed, there are some everyday strategies people can use to manage anxious feelings that crop up from time to time, according to Roseann Capanna-Hodge, Ed.D., a licensed professional counselor who specializes in holistic and integrative mental health approaches, based in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Actively using these tools can be important. “Not only must someone have a toolkit full of science-backed ways to mitigate the effects of stress on the brain and body, but they must also actually use these tools daily and in times of high stress,” Capanna-Hodge says. “Stress is a part of our daily life, so we need to use our stress-buster tools to keep anxiety at bay.”