Everyone feels anxious in certain situations. Sometimes we become nervous or jittery when we’re talking to strangers, tackling a hard exam or project, or when things are uncertain in our relationships or at work. Anxiety that pops up now and then is a natural part of life, and can be a completely normal response to stress.

But if anxiety is interfering with your work, school, relationships or ability to enjoy life, then you need to take action to reduce that anxiety. Sometimes incorporating everyday techniques for managing anxiety is enough. If the anxiety is out of proportion to what’s going on or is impossible to control, you may be dealing with an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are common, treatable conditions like phobias, social anxiety disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Whether your anxiety is mild or severe, talking to someone about it is the first step to feeling better.

Check out tips for managing anxiety in your daily life by clicking on “Feel Better.”