10 Anxiety Remedies That Actually Work, According to Real Women

Victoria Hoff
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Since I was first diagnosed five years ago, my experience with anxiety has been predictably frustrating and surprisingly enlightening. Every high-stress situation is a ultimately a lesson—often, I don't understand what triggered me until after I've had time to calm down and reflect, and that ultimately helps inform my coping strategy for next time. In turn, as the years have gone by, I've amassed a pretty solid arsenal of tools that work for me, including breathing exercises, necessary wellness rituals, and general paradigm shifts, to name a few.

Of course, these are all highly personal, not to mention situational: One strategy might prove highly effective during an overwhelming day at the office but doesn't necessarily do the trick when I'm having trouble falling asleep later that night, for example. So with that in mind, I decided to ask several readers and Byrdie staffers who also deal with varying degrees of anxiety which tricks they swear by under different circumstances. (As always, check in with your doctor before making any huge changes to your routine—only the two of you can know what works best for you and your mental health.)

From nipping panic attacks in the bud to easing stress-induced insomnia, keep reading to learn how real women curb their anxiety on a daily basis.

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