How do people mismanage it?
We asked Munson what are some of the ways people mismanage anxiety, and she said there were too many to count. But she stated, “I believe that everyone deals with anxiety on an individualized level. Everyone has their own type of coping skills. What would be unhealthy is if someone used things to try to suppress the anxiety, like through recreational drugs, or blowing it off and not wanting to deal with it.” Better ways to manage anxiety include counting to 10, exercising, taking a moment to be alone when you feel anxious, and easing up on drinking alcohol and caffeine, which can exacerbate anxiety.