This could include:
Exposure therapy (desensitisation)
Exposure therapy involves gradually increasing the length of time you're exposed to your phobia.
For example, if you have agoraphobia, a fear of open spaces and public places, you might start by going outside your house for a very short period of time, before gradually increasing the length of time you spend outside and the distance you travel from your house.
Exposure therapy can be a very effective way of enabling you to cope with your anxiety.
Other self-help techniques
Other self-help techniques include:
- relaxation techniques – a series of physical exercises that help you relax and control your breathing
- visualisation – combines relaxation and breathing techniques with mentally visualising how you'll successfully deal with a situation that could cause anxiety
- self-help groups – a useful way of meeting others with similar experiences and sharing ways of coping
Mental health apps
There are a number of NHS-approved mental health apps you might find useful.