Think about what worked in the past. What helps when you feel anxious? Here are some things that might help.
What happened when this feeling started? Can you do something about that? Did it start with a pain, and you can take pain medicine?
Use the energy of the feeling to do something, such as:
- Write down what you are feeling and thinking.
- Talk to someone.
Do something to help you relax, such as:
- Breathe slowly and deeply for a few minutes.
- Listen to music that calms you.
- Slowly count backward from 100 to 0.
- Do yoga, chi gong, or tai chi.
- Have someone massage your hands, feet, arms, or back.
- Pet a cat or dog.
- Ask someone to read to you.
Here are some things you might do to prevent feeling anxious:
- When you need to rest, tell visitors to come another time.
- Take your medicine as it was prescribed.
- Do not drink alcohol.
- Do not have drinks with caffeine.
Many people find they can prevent or manage these feelings if they can talk to someone they trust.
- Talk to a friend or loved one who is willing to listen.
- When you see your doctor or nurse, talk about your fears.
- If you have worries about money or other issues, or just want to talk about your feelings, ask to see a social worker.
Your health care provider can give you medicines to help with these feelings. Do not be afraid to use them the way they were prescribed. If you have questions or concerns, ask.