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24 Ways to Magically, Totally, 100% Cure Anxiety

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When you live with anxiety, it sometimes feels like everyone has an opinion about how you should manage it.

So we asked our mental health community to share the the most cringe-worthy advice they’ve ever received about dealing with anxiety. Warning: These pieces of advice may elicit eye-rolling, head-shaking, sighing and laughter of disbelief. Hopefully, we can all find the humor in these attempts at helpful advice and learn to be patient with those who may not understand anxiety.

Here’s what they shared:

1. “Put your big girl panties on.” — Nell Hoyle Causey

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2. “Get over it.” — Cambry Clark Huaraque

3. “You’re an intelligent person, you can think you’re way through this.” — Kylie Wagner-Grobman

4. “Christians shouldn’t have anxiety.” — Michelle Oldenburg Fong

5. “Be stronger. It’s all in your head.” — Gabriella de la Vega

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6. “‘Just get out of your head for a while.’ If I could, then this wouldn’t be an issue.” — Katie Sunshine Struble

7. “Suck it up.” — Serena Leblond

8.There’s someone out there worse off than you.” — Maria Kumler Mason

9. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself.” — Vickie Boyette

10. “Have a drink.” — Lori Simpson

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11.Essential oils will cure you.” — Misty Hyndman

12. “Get a grip.” — Jessica Coons

13. “Get a backbone.” — Heather Quintana

14. “Think happy thoughts.” — Melanie Tapia

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15.Just let it go.” — Sandie Soule

16. “A clinical psychologist once told me to, ‘Just shut your eyes and think of something else and in a matter of minutes it will disappear!’ I was stunned and simply smiled.” — Kimberley Giles

17.You do not look sick. Just take your mind off things. Anyone can do it.” — Mel Rowe 

18. “Visualize the ocean.” — Amy Mae Tuininga

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19. “Just don’t think about it.” — Tiffany Davidson

20.If you really wanted to, you could just snap out of it.” — Jessica Owens Lloyd

21.Pull yourself up by your bootstraps.” — Penny Crittenden

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22. “Grow up. It’s not like you’re dying.” — Ashley Martin

23. “‘Put aside your worries for a little bit.’ Oh, I cant just turn it off and on like a light switch.” — Jessica Ann Hardy

24. “Just try harder.” — Amy Coleman

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*Answers have been edited and shortened.

Originally published: January 16, 2016
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