5 ways acting can help anxiety

Being a performer can teach handy techniques that can help when coping with anxiety.

Anxiety removes me from the present. Nerves and fear are the body’s self-defence mode, but sometimes self-preservation gets carried away and anxiety disorder kicks in. And I’ve found one of the best methods for training my mind to live in the here-and-now is theatre.

Through my work in improvisation, devised theatre, and stage and film acting, I’ve gained insight into my own anxiety struggle. Five basic tenets of acting can be directly applied to coping with anxiety.

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Stacey Venzel
About the Author
Stacey Venzel has a background and training in improv, clowning, devised and fringe theatre as well as film. She enjoys merging her passions for performance and written art as well as combining her love of travel and science.