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What Helps Fairley, 24, With Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Editor's Note

Any medical information included is based on a personal experience. For questions or concerns regarding health, please consult a doctor or medical professional.

With our ongoing “What Helps Me” series, The Mighty is leaning into what sets us apart from other health sites: We aim to provide real health advice from real people who live it.

In this spirit, we asked our community for the best insights and tips they’ve developed for managing their conditions. As always, they responded with their unique health stories and we are happy to pass along their well-tested resources to you.

Today, we meet Mighty member Fairley. She is 24 years old and lives with generalized anxiety disorder.

Fairley, what helps you?

THE MIGHTY: What helps you most when your condition affects your physical health?

FAIRLEY: Exercising helps me. Taking a walk, practicing yoga [or] deep breathing, dancing, and anything that gets me physically moving helps me.

What helps you most when your condition affects your mental health?

I journal and write about what I’m feeling when my thoughts are racing. When I write down why I’m anxious, it helps calm down the anxiety and helps me work through it.

How do you cope when your normal self-care isn’t working?

I talk with my support system.

Thank you to Fairley for her contributions to our community. Did you find this helpful? Add your gratitude in the comments.

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