Halloween – A Time for Reflecting on Fear and Anxiety

October 31st, 2014

Halloween is a social (and delicious) way for us to face our fears. Scary masks, spooky sounds, and haunted houses are all part of the fun. Anxiety, of course, is not always fun.

Feeling anxious or worried can cause stress that can make the day feel harder to get through. However, there are quite a few things that you can do to help alleviate your anxiety. Here are some strategies that might help:

  • Take a break – Listen to music, go for a walk, or try a breathing exercise.
  • Talk to someone – Talk to a friend or family member about what’s worrying you.
  • Keep a balanced diet – Have a healthy snack and try to limit caffeine intake.
  • Maintain a sleep routine – Fatigue can often increase feelings of stress and anxiety. Make an effort to be well rested so you can tackle the day.
  • Identify and manage what’s causing your anxiety – Be mindful of what’s upsetting you. You might be better at coping with the problem than you think.
  • Exercise – Regular exercise can help you feel better, reduce anxiety, and improve health.

 

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One in five Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

 

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