This article originally appeared in the Spring 2024 Life Without Limits issue of Showstopper Magazine.

Recognize It

Life can be a whirlwind, and it’s totally normal to feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes. The first step to managing anxiety is to recognize it. Pay attention to those racing thoughts, the tightness in your chest, or any other signals your body might be sending. When you can name what you’re feeling, you gain the power to do something about it. You’re not alone in this—acknowledging those emotions is a brave and crucial first step.


Intense feelings can come out of nowhere and happen anywhere (even at inconvenient times like backstage before a performance!). When you’re not in a place where you can manage your feelings privately, there’s a secret weapon: breathwork. When things get tough, take a moment to focus on your breath. It might sound too simple to be effective, but trust us. It works wonders. One easy method to try is the 4-7-8 method—inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds, then exhale for 8 seconds. This simple act can ground you, slow your heart rate, and help you regain control when anxiety tries to take over.

Healthy Habits

Healthy habits aren’t just for physical health; they’re like armor for your mind too. Regular exercise, good food, proper water intake, and enough sleep can make a massive difference. It’s not about being perfect—just find what works for you. Another trick to help with anxiety is to make a habit of maintaining a tidy space, whether it’s your room, locker, or dance bag. Getting started is the hardest part, though, so capitalize on moments of positivity to establish routines. It’ll ensure that when the lows hit, they won’t feel as daunting.


Ever tried putting your thoughts on paper? It’s like magic! Journaling is a great way to get out of your head and sort through your feelings. Grab a notebook, spill your thoughts, and watch how it changes the way you feel. It’s not about being a perfect writer; it’s about getting clarity on your mindset. Trust us, there’s something freeing about getting those thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Give it a shot—you might surprise yourself! And if you don’t know where to start, try a guided journal with prompts.

Get Support

You don’t have to go through this alone. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s absolutely okay to ask for help. Talk to your friends, family, or even a professional. Building a support network is like having a safety net. It’s not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of strength. So, reach out—there are people who care about you and want to help you navigate whatever life throws your way.

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