8 Tips To Deal With Anxiety Told From An Excessively Anxious Person

8 Tips To Deal With Anxiety Told From An Excessively Anxious Person

Worrying about countless things has left me experienced on how to cope with my anxiety.


As a rising high school senior, I guess it's fair to say that I have had my share of anxiety. And I know I'm not the only one - plenty of high school students and young adults cope in various ways, but here are a couple that have worked for me.

1. Screaming Into A Pillow

This one may seem cliché, but it has honestly been very helpful. Giving yourself some time to vent out your frustrations provides a quick outlet for all of that pent up frustration.

2. Positive Role Model

I usually pick a very positive or successful person in your life that I look up to. Whenever I am feeling anxious or worried, I remind myself of what they would do if they were in my shoes and prompt myself to do just that.

3. Drink Tea

I have found tea to calm me down whenever I have felt nervous. I usually drink chai tea, but any type of tea should work. Just make sure you will enjoy drinking it, so it will actually help you relax for a couple of minutes.

4. Household Chores

Keeping busy keeps my mind off of the stressor, so I usually do household chores such as cleaning my room or washing the dishes to momentarily forget about something specific.

5. Wash Your Face With Cold Water

I feel as though cold water helps jarr me back to reality, so I splash some onto my face whenever I feel myself become preoccupied about something. If needed, I wash my face many times during the day.

6. Long, Hot Showers

Hot showers are where I feel the most comfortable, so I will often take a very long shower to use as time for contemplation. When I choose to step out of the shower, I usually have a plan of action already drawn up.

7. Read A Book

Reading is another way I am able to take my mind off of whatever I am anxious about. I take great care to set a timer just in case I need some time after to finish up some work.

8. Go Jogging

Jogging and running both release natural oxytocin inside the body, and I feel like this is why I feel better after some cardio workouts.

9. Call A Friend

This is a perfect time to add your bestie into the mix. Call him/her up and vent your feelings; often communication is the best way to get to the root of your problem.

10. Sweet Treats

Treat yourself! The best way to combat anxiety and insecurity is offer your body something that will make you feel good, and ice cream and cakes can certainly help.

11. Stress Ball

I have personally used a stress ball during junior year of high school, and let me just say, squeezing the life out of that ball has brought me much needed comfort.

12. Draw Up A Schedule

Sometimes, the best way to find clarity is to set up time blocks for everything you need to accomplish well within any deadlines.

13. Happy Place

Take a second to close your eyes, focus on your breathing and imagine yourself in a place or time that makes you happy. This way, you can lower your racing heart beat and find a moment of peace.

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You Are NOT Enough

We will never be enough, but God is always more than enough.


Society and even the church seem to constantly encourage us with the saying "You are enough," and their intentions behind this statement are totally innocent. Something about this phrase has always bothered me, though, but I never understood why. In a sermon I heard one Wednesday night a week or so ago, the verses Proverbs 30:7-9 were used, and these verses stood out to me in a big way.

Proverbs 30:7-9

7 "Two things I ask of you, Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
8 Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
9 Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, 'Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

The speaker was specifically focusing on verses 7-8, but the Holy Spirit kept drawing me to verse 9, even days and weeks after. So I decided to dig into it. This verse focuses on Agur (the speaker in the passage) and his tendency to sin. When he asked God to provide "only [his] daily bread," and then when he continued on to speak about the specific sins he was afraid of committing, Agur was completely and wholly surrendering his struggles with temptation and sin to God, because Agur knew he couldn't do it on his own.

Aren't we all like Agur? Because we are human, we mess up all the time and fall into sin more than we would like to admit, and many times because of this, we fall into guilt and shame. This is because, on our own, we aren't enough. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't sin. If we were enough on our own, we would be able to save ourselves. If we were enough on our own, we wouldn't need God. But none of those statements are true, are they? In fact, it is the exact opposite because God is enough, he calls us out of sin. Because God is enough, He sent Jesus to save us from our sin. Because God is enough, He is with us in every situation because we call to Him.

How do we know that we aren't enough? Because no one is!

Every human sins, even great heroes of faith. David, one of the most well-known biblical figures: the one who killed Goliath and one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ, said in Psalm 51:5--

Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.

The beauty in realizing that you aren't enough on your own is that you don't have to be! Never in the Bible does God call us to be "enough!" He never expected us to be enough because it is impossible. God does call us to depend on Him, though. This is because God is ultimately more than enough. When we depend on God to help us keep away from sin and put in the work necessary to keep away from sin, it will be much easier. We will never be enough, but if we continuously search for our identity in worldly things and not Christ, we will be upset when we realize that we are not enough. Guess what, though, when we find our identity in what Christ says about us, we will find peace and hope because just like 2 Corinthians 12:9 says:

9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.

God is the only one who is enough. When we depend on God for everything we will begin to see that HE is enough, and that's all we need.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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