Feeling anxious

Anxiety is a normal emotion that evolved as an age-old survival instinct from when humans faced frequent threats. That response to stressful situations still exists inside all of us, and it can be overwhelming. If anxiety starts to interfere with our ability to enjoy life, it’s time to manage those feelings in a healthy way.


Anxiety has physical side effects like chest tightness and shallow breathing, which can make it hard to think clearly and feel calmer. Breathing exercises can alleviate that physical reaction and help us cope in the moment.


If you’re anxious a lot, it can help to explore what’s known about anxiety and how to effectively manage it.



Bottling up anxiety can make it worse. Talking about it often makes it better. If anxiety is interfering with school, work, or relationships, it’s wise to reach out for support from a professional before things get worse. Check out the resources below or browse the full directory here.


When contacting a resource below, any information you provide will be collected and used by that resource, subject to its end user terms and conditions and privacy policy. Please contact the applicable resource if you would like more information. 

Resource Type Contact
Crisis Text Line

Have a free, confidential chat with a trained counselor. Available 24/7.

Text Line Text ACTION to 741-741

Call for a free, confidential conversation with a trained counselor. Available 24/7.

Call Line 988
Warmline Directory

A Warmline is a free peer-run hotline that offers emotional support, staffed by volunteers with lived experience.

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Inclusive Therapists

Inclusive Therapists offers a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, social justice-oriented therapist.

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ADAA Therapist Search

A tool to help find local mental health services, including teletherapy options.

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A paid online portal that provides access to mental health services, including online counseling, phone, and text communication.

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A paid online text therapy platform that provides 24/7 access to licensed therapists who cover a broad range of mental health services.

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Outside the U.S.? Find a Helpline

Free emotional support, wherever you are.

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Need help now?

If you’re struggling and need to talk to someone, you are not alone. There are many free, confidential resources available 24/7.