When was the last time I was anxious? Hmmm, let me think. Ten minutes ago? I’ve found that when I’m feeling any sort of unease, these tips help return me to my calm place. 1. Distance yourself from “toxic” people and make a support group. Those you spend the majority of your time with have an influence on your mental well-being. The people you choose to surround yourself with either recharge your batteries and help enforce feelings of self-worth! 2. Take a “stay-cation” if you can’t vacation. Allowing yourself to take a guilt-free weekend hiatus at home and venture to your “happy place” can ease your emotions and quiet your mind. Even if you don’t have a weekend to devote, forcing yourself to do something you enjoy can offer a much-needed escape from pressing concerns. 3. Never underestimate the power of humor. Next time you find yourself overly anxious, find a way to make light of the situation. Take a second to laugh! 4. Run toward your fears, not away. Instead of running from the things that make us anxious, try attacking them head on. Exposing ourselves to our fears can lead us to the realization that our worries aren't all that important. 5. Get enough sleep, fuel your body, and break a sweat. Sleep well, be sure to exercise, and eat well. By physically taking care of yourself, you equip your body and mind to better handle day-to-day concerns. 6. Be where you are. We’ll never get back the time and energy we waste agonizing over circumstances we can’t change. Stay in the present. 7. Pride yourself on your adaptability. Mental flexibility is key to overcoming anxiety. Accept change and find a way to make it work for you.