Anxiety is one of those challenging things so many people struggle with these days – and the thing that makes it interesting is the typical ways most people try to cope with their anxiety symptoms are the same things that tend to them feel more anxious in the long run, and can even lead to mental illness or a more significant mood disorder.

That said, if you are doing any of these, know that you are not doing them on purpose. None of us wants to struggle or suffer unnecessarily – especially when it comes to impacting our mental health, our happiness and our psychological well being.

Here are the big ones:

1. Avoiding situations that bring on our anxiety and make us anxious.

2. Criticizing and beating ourselves up for feeling anxious

3. Letting ourselves worry about the next time we’re going to feel anxious.