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Play games

Ok, probably not Resident Evil.

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There are several apps with interactive exercises designed to help understand more about anxiety in general, about your specific type of anxiety, or get calmer the moment it happens.

Some popular apps include Mind Ease, Moodfit, or Pacifica.

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Do a bungee jump.

New experiences help us develop cognitive flexibility which translates into a better ability to handle change and cope with challenges.

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Everyone’s comfort zone is of a different size—what’s challenging for you might not be for others, and the reverse.

So, when picking experiences to try, don’t feel obliged to go with anything extreme. Introducing small changes to your routine might be enough, e.g. taking a different route to work or trying a new tea.

credits: Jeremy Bezanger on Unsplash

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Learn acronyms.

They can make you fun at parties and help you play scrabble 😛

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For real though, many evidence-based interventions that help with anxiety come under “code names” like ACT, DBT, or CBT. It’s helpful to learn what each of them is about, so that you can make an informed decision which one you want to try.

Not every type of therapy will be a good fit for everyone! It takes trial and error to learn what works best for you.

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Lastly (and apologies if it sounds patronising or if I’m stating the obvious) regardless who/where the advice comes from (Quora, clinical studies, a therapist, Psychology Today, etc.), make sure you follow

, or the ones that are novel, cool, or what “everyone else does”.

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