Living with anxiety
In 2013, an estimated three million Canadians over the age of 18 reported living with a mood or anxiety disorder.1
Anxiety disorders are among the most common types of mental disorders in Canada and can have a major impact on the daily lives of those affected.2
Ways to cope with anxiety
There are many ways to cope with anxiety to continue living a functional life.
Stop and reflect.
When your anxiety flares up, stop and think about what is making you nervous. Knowing your triggers can help eliminate or lessen the symptoms of anxiety.
Take a deep breath.
Taking deep and slow breaths can instantly calm your nervous system. Try breathing in for a count of four and breathe out for a count of five. Repeat a few times until your feel calm and relaxed.
Get your sleep.
Getting the recommended seven-eight hours of sleep per night gives your body the opportunity to reset and recharge.
Regular exercise can reduce anxiety because neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and endorphins, increase.3
If you continue to experience anxiety, reach out to your family doctor to discuss options.
How OTIP can help
. As an OTIP member, you may be eligible to this anonymous, web-based mental health care program that is designed to help in the prevention, early diagnosis and ongoing management of mental health issues. FeelingBetterNow will create a personalized action plan to improve your anxiety and can connect you with local care providers. To find out more, visit www.feelingbetternow.com
Review what’s covered under your group benefits plan.
Whether you require medication or need to speak to a social worker, therapist or psychologist, you may be eligible for coverage through your group benefits plan. To review what’s covered under your OTIP-administered plan, log in to your OTIP secure site to review your benefits booklet
or call OTIP Benefits Services at 1‑866‑783‑6847.
1,2. Government of Canada
3. Psychology Today