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Anxiety is a normal and adaptive reaction to situations that might be stressful or dangerous. However, excessive anxiety in low stress situations or anxiety that holds you back from ordinary activities and social interactions can be detrimental. If you feel your anxiety is overwhelming or negatively affecting your life, schedule a meeting to talk with one of our counselors. Below are resources that will provide you with more information and self-help techniques to help you manage your anxiety. 

Signs of anxiety

  • Feelings of apprehension or dread
  • Worry about everyday things
  • Irrational fears
  • Being tense, jumpy, or easily startled
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Restlessness, trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Sweating, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath
  • Headaches, stomach aches, or muscle tension
  • Frequent urination
  • Being constantly on edge, unable to relax

Ways to cope

There are numerous methods and tips about how to cope with your anxiety, and each method may be different depending on your type and degree of anxiety. General strategies for battling anxiety include:

  1. Educate yourself about anxiety
  2. Learn to relax. Practice mindfulness  
  3. Recognize, challenge, and replace your anxious and worrisome thoughts
  4. Face your fears 

While some of these strategies may seem easier said than done, there are methods available to help you every step of the way when managing your anxiety. Check out AnxietyBC’s Self-Help Home Toolkit for helpful resources and activity forms to deal with specific issues. 

More self-help strategies for anxiety relief can be found at HelpGuide.

  • The Counseling Center
  • Suites on Maple East, G31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2621
  • Fax: 724-357-7728
  • Client Services Summer 2015
  • Student counseling services are not provided during the summer. For assistance during business hours, contact the Center for Health and Well-Being at 724-357-1358 or visit the Center's main desk in Suites on Maple East. In case of an emergency, contact University Police at 724-357-2141 or call 911 or go to Indiana Regional Medical Center's Emergency Department.
  • For 24-hour assistance, call the local mobile crisis hotline at 1-877-333-2470.