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7 Self-Help Strategies for Anxiety and Agoraphobia

Anxiety can be a crippling mental disorder that can affect every part of your life, while agoraphobia can keep you shuttered inside to avoid being in anxiety-inducing situations, which can actually make the condition worse from a coping standpoint. While there are medications available to help you deal with your anxiety, they can also have side effects.

Learning to manage your anxiety is easier said than done, which anyone with serious anxiety can tell you. However, with the right coaching and approach, you can lessen the grip of the disorder and improve the quality of your life. Here are seven self-help tips for those with anxiety…

1. Get Moving

Anxiety can be a bit of a Catch-22—you want to get out there in the world and stretch your wings, but your anxiety talks you out of it. However, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) said that exercise, aside from helping prevent other illnesses, “is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress.”

Additionally, the ADAA cites studies that show exercise can actually help you boost energy and concentration that is sapped from you due to stress. The key is to get moving—even if it doesn’t seem like you can make it outside, try some indoor exercises to get warmed up first.

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