Watch: Managing anxiety | Advice for young people | Jigsaw Online

Video: Signs of anxiety

How can I manage anxiety?

Josh, Jigsaw Youth Advisory Panel member, talks to Jen, Jigsaw Clinician, about effective ways to manage anxiety.

One of the really important things within anxiety is looking at what is it that we're telling ourselves

Jen, Jigsaw Clinician

Advice from Jen, Jigsaw Clinician

Understanding anxiety is a really important first step in managing it. Anxiety can be difficult to experience but knowing that it’s not dangerous and not something that is going to cause us damage can help gain perspective.

There’s lots of practical ways to manage the physical symptoms; like relaxation and breathing grounding techniques, there are loads of different apps and websites that you can find that would help you learn some very practical techniques to cope with the physical symptoms.

One of the really important things is looking at what we’re telling ourselves that is creating this anxiety. Often we’re telling ourselves stories about our ability to cope. We need to learn how to be kind to ourselves and listen to what we’re saying to ourselves. Are we saying things to ourselves that we would never say to somebody else?

Sometimes it’s helpful to look at the situations where you’re not feeling anxious. What’s going on there what are you telling yourself then?

Another way to help manage anxiety is to reach out and talk to people around us.  A lot of people experience anxiety, a lot more  than admit it. Within a group of friends or family members there will be people who’ve experienced it and who understand. They also might have some ideas and be able to help. Reaching out and being able to share your experience can be really helpful.

Read more about managing anxiety