List of skills a youth can build on to help make their anxiety manageable

  • ​Make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night.

  • Try to find ways to lower your anxiety by taking deep breaths and slowing down your thoughts.

  • Try to create a mental picture of your favorite special place and put yourself there.

  • Practice positive self-talk (I CAN do this!) and try to shut down the “what if’s” and “yeah, but’s” in your head.

  • Focus on some of the positive things going on in your life.

  • Exercise may also be a good way to channel those anxious thoughts.

  • Remember, talk to a trusted adult when you are feeling hopeless and need more support.