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What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a natural body reaction to a threat or a perceived threat.

  • Everyone experiences it

  • Normal & happens at certain situations

  • Can be helpful in some situations

  • Fight (stay) or flight (run) response even freeze

  • Can alert us if danger is coming (a bear)

  • Body’s built in alarm system

  • Our body starts to respond

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Tools for coping

  • Learn to breathe more slowly and take deep breaths
  • Focus on deep breathing
  • Focus on now , here moments
  • Recognize your symptoms and learn how to manage them
  • Develop a plan on managing your symp- toms and triggers
  • Learn about self-help strategies
  • Learn about stress management
  • Get/download some apps on relaxation techniques
  • Connect with people you trust, family or friends
  • Use positive self-talk
  • Find a calm hobby, sew, bead, draw, dance, walk
  • Eat healthy

If you feel that your symptoms are too overwhelming, contact your local clinic and seek help. Its not a sign of weakness but strength that you want to help yourself.

Support

Wiichihiiwaauwin (Mental Health) Helpline - 24/7. Cree speakers and Elders are available upon request

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