Tips to Help Cope With Anxiety

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In today's fast-paced world, anxiety is not just a common experience; it's becoming an almost universal aspect of modern living. From the pressures of work and society to the constant bombardment of information and expectations, it's no wonder that feelings of anxiety and anxious thoughts have woven themselves into the fabric of our daily lives. This prevalence of anxiety doesn't just color our moments with worry and stress; it significantly impacts our overall well-being, affecting our ability to sleep, concentrate, and enjoy life's moments.

At Apollo Neuro, we understand that managing anxiety is not just about quelling temporary worries; it's about enhancing your overall quality of life. It's about empowering you to live more fully, with greater peace and resilience. That's why addressing anxiety disorders such as social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and panic disorder with compassionate, science-backed coping skills and strategies and innovative technology isn’t just important; it's essential. Join us as we explore effective ways to cope with and reduce anxiety, paving the path toward a calmer, more centered self.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. It is a natural and often necessary response to real or perceived threats, helping to prepare our bodies for action so we can protect ourselves. However, when these feelings are intense, last longer than the situational stressor, and interfere with our daily lives, they may indicate an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety can manifest through a variety of symptoms, affecting individuals physically, emotionally, and behaviorally. Recognizing these symptoms is the first step toward managing anxiety effectively.

Common Symptoms of Anxiety

Physical Symptoms:

  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Sweating
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Insomnia

Emotional Symptoms:

  • Feelings of dread or impending doom
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Nervousness

Behavioral Symptoms:

  • Avoidance of certain situations or activities
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Difficulty in making decisions
  • Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety can be a part of several different disorders, each with its own specific symptoms and triggers. Here are a few common types:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD): Characterized by persistent and excessive worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities.
  • Panic Disorder: Involves recurrent panic attacks that include physical symptoms like chest pain, heart palpitations, dizziness, and abdominal distress.
  • Social Anxiety Disorder: A fear of social situations in which one may be scrutinized or judged negatively by others.
  • Phobias: An intense fear or aversion to specific objects or situations that is out of proportion to the actual danger they present.

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How to Manage Anxiety: Practical Tips

Managing anxiety is a journey that requires patience, understanding, and the right coping skills and strategies. Here, we explore practical tips that can empower you to regain control over your anxiety and lead a more balanced life.

What is the 333 Rule for Anxiety?

The 333 rule is a simple yet effective method to help ground yourself during moments of intense anxiety or panic attacks. Here's how it works:

  1. Look around you and name three things you can see.
  2. Name three sounds you can hear.
  3. Move three parts of your body — your ankle, fingers, or arm.

This technique helps distract your mind from the source of anxiety or anxious thoughts and brings your focus to the present moment, effectively reducing the intensity of your symptoms.

How to Stop Being Anxious?

Reducing general anxiety levels involves incorporating daily practices that promote mental and physical well-being. Here are some effective strategies:


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Helps identify and challenge negative thought patterns, teaching you coping strategies.
  • Exposure Therapy: Gradually and repeatedly exposes you to the source of your anxiety, helping you gain control over your fear.

Meditation and Mindfulness

  • Guided Meditation: Use apps or online resources for guided sessions that help calm the mind.
  • Mindfulness Practices: Engage in mindfulness exercises, like mindful breathing or walking, to stay present and reduce anxiety.

Staying Active

  • Regular Exercise: Activities like walking, running, or yoga can reduce anxiety levels and improve mood.
  • Hobbies: Engage in hobbies or activities that you enjoy and find relaxing, such as painting, gardening, or reading.

How Do You Break an Anxiety Cycle?

Breaking the cycle of anxiety involves a combination of professional help and self-help techniques. Here’s how you can start:

  • Recognize the Triggers: Identify what triggers your anxiety and learn ways to either avoid or confront these triggers.
  • Professional Help: Consider seeking help from a mental health professional who can offer personalized guidance and treatment options.
  • Self-Help Strategies: Equip yourself with self-help techniques, such as the 333 rule, deep breathing exercises, or journaling, to manage anxiety symptoms as they arise.
  • Build a Support System: Surround yourself with people who understand and support you. Sharing your experiences with others can provide comfort and reduce feelings of isolation.

Incorporating Technology in Anxiety Management

Technology can be the cause of a lot of stress, but it can also be the solution. In the quest for mental well-being, blending traditional anxiety management techniques with innovative technology can offer a new dimension of support. The technology behind the Apollo wearable stands at the forefront of this exciting intersection, providing a unique tool designed to help manage anxiety and improve your quality of life.

Developed by physicians and neuroscientists, Apollo is the first wearable technology to significantly improve recovery, heart rate variability (HRV), and resilience to stress. How? This wearable, worn on your ankle, wrist, or attached to clothing on a Clip, uses gentle vibrations to help your body recover from stress. These vibrations communicate with your nervous system, signaling safety to your body and helping to regulate your stress response. By wearing Apollo, you can help your body adapt to stress more effectively, making it easier to relax, focus, and sleep — essential components in managing anxiety.

How Apollo complements traditional techniques

The Apollo wearable seamlessly integrates with traditional anxiety management practices to provide a holistic approach to mental health:

  • With Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or talk therapy: Apollo can be used as a grounding tool, helping to enhance the effectiveness of CBT by calming the nervous system and promoting focus during sessions.
  • During meditation and mindfulness practices: The device enhances relaxation, making it easier to enter a meditative state and practice mindfulness.
  • Alongside physical activities: Wearing Apollo after exercise can help improve the stress-reducing benefits of physical activity and not just speed up recovery, but improve it as well, contributing to overall mental health and well-being.

Case studies and practical examples

Increased HRV and cognitive performance

To understand the effect of Apollo vibrations on heart rate variability (HRV) and cognitive performance under stress, 38 healthy adults participated in this double-blind randomized placebo-controlled crossover clinical trial at the University of Pittsburgh. Study particpants performed a test (PASAT) to assess their information processing speed and response to extreme frustration — the design of the test is to cause stress, boredom, and frustration. Participants took the test both with and without Apollo vibrations (2 placebo vibrations, 2 Apollo vibrations, and 1 no vibration) and the participants did not know which condition they were receiving. 

With Apollo vibration patterns, participants reported feeling calmer, their performance (accuracy) on the task improved, and their heart rate variability (HRV) went up by 2-3X their average within 3 minutes under stress. Even more exciting: the more HRV increased with Apollo vibration patterns, the better subjects performed on the task, and the more efficient the subjects became at the task. This suggests that by supporting mental and physical recovery from stress, Apollo can improve performance and focus, consistent with inducing what is often referred to as a “flow” or peak state. Read more about the study or review the publication abstract.

Improved quality of sleep

In this study, the Apollo Neuro research team collected data points from over 1500 study participants to examine the Apollo wearable’s effect on sleep and cardiovascular function. This observational study, began when sleep labs around the country closed due to quarantine restrictions, so data was collected with participants in a real-world setting, as measured by the Oura Ring.  

In preliminary results, participants who use Apollo consistently (3+ hours a day, 5+ days a week, during the day and night) experienced, on average: 19% average increase in deep sleep, 14% average increase in REM sleep, 6% average increase in total sleep time, 4% average decrease in resting heart rate, and 11% average increase in HRV. Read more.

Less stress and burnout

In this case study, researchers designed a study with nursing staff to measure whether the Apollo wearable is effect in reducing workplace stress and combating burnout. Nurses were given a clinically-validated psychological assessment that evaluates the core domains of sleep, mood, anxiety, energy, and stress to determine each nurse’s baseline stress score before they began using Apollo. Following 14 days of Apollo use, the staff was given the same survey again.

The study participants saw and average reduction in stress scores of over 40% within just two weeks of using Apollo. Not only that, nursing staff reported significant improvements in sleep, energy, mood, focus, and stress. Read more.

Lifestyle changes and anxiety

Adopting a holistic approach to managing anxiety involves more than just immediate coping strategies—it requires integrating lifestyle changes that promote overall mental health and well-being. Key areas such as exercise, diet, sleep, and mindfulness play significant roles in this process, offering natural ways to reduce anxiety levels and enhance your quality of life.


Regular physical activity is a powerful tool for reducing anxiety. Here's how it helps:

  • Releases Endorphins: Acts as natural painkillers and mood elevators.
  • Reduces Stress Hormones: Helps lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol over time.
  • Promotes Better Sleep: Enhances sleep quality, which can reduce anxiety.
  • Increases Confidence: Regular achievement of exercise goals can boost self-confidence.


What we eat can directly affect our mood and anxiety levels. Consider these dietary adjustments:

  • Balanced Meals: Focus on a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and whole grains to stabilize mood and energy levels.
  • Limit Stimulants: Reduce intake of caffeine and sugar, which can exacerbate anxiety symptoms.
  • Stay Hydrated: Dehydration can cause mood changes. Ensure you're drinking enough water throughout the day.


Quality sleep is crucial in managing anxiety. Here are tips to improve your sleep habits:

  • Regular Schedule: Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
  • Create a Restful Environment: Ensure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and cool.
  • Limit Screen Time: Avoid screens at least an hour before bed to reduce exposure to blue light.


Mindfulness practices can anchor you in the present moment, reducing anxiety. Ways to incorporate mindfulness include:

  • Mindful Breathing: Focus on your breath and practice deep breathing exercises to help center your thoughts when anxious.
  • Body Scans: Pay attention to different parts of your body, noticing any sensations or areas of tension.
  • Mindful Walking: Use walks as an opportunity to notice your surroundings and how your body feels.

For those with a busy schedule looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily routine, The Busy Person’s Guide to Mindfulness offers practical tips and techniques to get started.

Seeking professional help

Recognizing when to seek professional help is a crucial step in managing anxiety. While lifestyle adjustments and self-help strategies can significantly improve your quality of life, there are times when the expertise of a mental health professional is necessary to navigate the complexities of anxiety.

When to seek professional help

  • Persistent and severe anxiety: If your anxiety is persistent, severely impacts your daily life, and does not improve with self-help strategies, it’s time to seek professional guidance.
  • Interference with daily activities: When anxiety starts to interfere with your work, relationships, or daily activities, professional help can offer effective strategies to regain control.
  • Physical symptoms: Experiencing physical symptoms of anxiety, such as chronic insomnia, digestive issues, or heart palpitations, warrants a consultation with a healthcare provider.
  • Thoughts of harm: If you have thoughts of harming yourself or others, immediate professional help is essential.

Benefits of seeking professional help

  • Personalized care: Mental health professionals can provide a tailored approach based on your specific needs and circumstances.
  • Access to therapy and medications: Professionals can guide you through various therapies, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and, if necessary, prescribe medications to help manage symptoms.
  • Learning coping strategies: You’ll learn effective coping mechanisms and strategies to handle anxiety in healthy ways, reducing its impact on your life.
  • Support and guidance: Beyond treatment, professionals offer support and understanding, creating a safe space for you to express your feelings and challenges.

Taking the step to seek professional help is a sign of strength and commitment to your mental health. It opens the door to deeper insights into your anxiety and provides access to tools and strategies that can lead to lasting change.

Key takeaways

In navigating the complexities of anxiety in today's fast-paced world, it's clear that a multifaceted approach is not just beneficial — it's essential. We've explored various strategies, from the grounding 333 rule to the innovative support the Apollo wearable, each serving as a valuable tool in the broader toolkit for managing anxiety.

  • Embrace a holistic approach: Combining traditional methods with technological innovations like the Apollo stress relief band provides a comprehensive strategy for anxiety management.
  • Incorporate lifestyle changes: Exercise, diet, sleep, and mindfulness are pillars of mental well-being. Integrating these into your daily routine can significantly mitigate anxiety's impact.
  • Seek professional guidance when necessary: Recognizing when to seek help is crucial. Professional support can offer personalized care and coping strategies that self-help methods alone cannot provide.
  • Education and awareness are key: Continuously educating yourself about anxiety and its management techniques empowers you to make informed decisions about your mental health.

Anxiety, while a universal experience, requires an individualized approach to management. As you continue on your journey toward better mental health, remember that it's a process filled with learning and growth. We encourage you to explore further, stay curious, and seek out resources that resonate with you.