Managing Anxiety

Anxiety Affects Everyone

Whether you are a bus driver, a teacher, an educational assistant, a principal or an administrative support professional — as front-line workers in our schools, education staff often have greater stress and feelings of anxiety than experienced in many other occupations. You work hard everyday to make a difference and support student success, while, at the same time, worrying about monumental changes in the way you do your work and the physical health and safety of your students, your co-workers, your family, and yourself.
As front-line workers in our schools, education staff often have greater stress and feelings of anxiety than experienced in many other occupations.

You’re Not Alone

Everyone reacts to anxiety differently, so it is important to take time to recognize what you are going through and understand your own emotions. As difficult as it can be, remember to be kind to yourself. Remember, you are not alone with your feelings. Before you can take care of others, be sure to take care of yourself.


Distract Yourself

It’s ok to distract yourself and think of something else. Try meditating or going for a walk (inside or outside) – something that will allow you to relax.

Your Wellness Support Team is Here for You

If you need help and advice to find mental health resources for anxiety or other mental health challenges you are currently facing, the CMHA-Manitoba & Winnipeg Wellness Support Specialist team is here to help you find the resources and support you need. Our specialists have years of training and experience working in both education and mental health and can be reached by phone at 1-877-602-1660 or by email at To learn more about your dedicated support team, visit the Care to Speak section of our website: Care to Speak Wellness Support Specialist Team.

Web Resources

For more information, we have compiled a list of resources to help you cope up with anxiety during these difficult days.


Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)

The Anxiety Disorders of Manitoba has many helpful programs, services, events and resources to help all Manitobans find support for anxiety. To learn more about services located in communities across Manitoba, visit ADAM’s province-wide contact page at or send an email to

Wellness Together

Free: telephone counseling, peer support, resources and more


The Anxious Achiever (Anxiety at work)

Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Featuring stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive.

Your Social Anxiety Bestie with Sadie Hall

Host Sadie Hall shares the truth about what it’s like to live with social anxiety and celebrates the messy courage it takes to show up scared in the world.

Anxious in Austen

with Dr. Marianne Stout and Dr.Thomas Smithyson
Features two psychologists, Dr. Marianne Stout and Dr. Thomas Smithyman, who practice CBT and focus on anxiety disorders & OCD.

Your Anxiety Toolkit

with Kimberly Quinlan
Delivers compassionate, science-based tools for anyone with Anxiety, Panic, OCD, and other mental health struggles.


Anxiety and Phobia Workbook

By: Edmund Bourne
In its 6th edition, this evidence-based workbook uses the latest in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment strategies to develop effective skills for assessing and treating a variety of anxiety disorders.

Feel Good Handbook

By: David D. Burns M.D
Provides step-by-step exercises that help you cope with depression and anxiety, and developing healthier interpersonal relationships.

Be Calm: Proven Techniques to Stop Anxiety Now

By: Jill P. Weber
Empowers you to handle your anxiety whenever and wherever it strikes with simple evidence-based techniques that can reduce your anxious feelings and responses.

Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind: How to Stop the Cycle of Anxiety , Fear and Worry

By: Jennifer Shannon
This unique guide offers a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)-based approach to help you recognize the constant chatter of your anxious “monkey mind,” stop feeding anxious thoughts, and find the personal peace you crave.

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It

By: Dr. Shad Helmstetter
Gives you all of the important information you need to change negative self-talk forever, in a short, easy-to-read, and condensed format.

How to Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

By: Ellen Hendriksen
Includes cutting-edge science, concrete tips, and the compelling stories of real people who have risen above their social anxiety. Readers explore the roots of social anxiety and why it endures, how we can rewire our brains through our behavior, and how to quiet your Inner Critic.



Looking For More?

Free resources to help with your anxiety available from your phone

Suicide Prevention & Support Line

If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be, call the Suicide Prevention & Support line. Someone will be ready to listen and speak to you.

Call 1-877-435-7170 anytime.


Download for iOS or Android

This free app from Anxiety Canada helps users track anxiety daily. You will work through tools while applying Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches.

Download today for Apple or Android.


Text Mood to 760-670-3130

If you are suffering from depression or anxiety, Text4Mood sends you a daily inspirational text message to support positive mental health.

To join, text Mood to 760-670-3130.