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How to Combat ‘Walking Dead’ Anxiety in Three Easy Steps

Does your love of ‘The Walking Dead’ stress you out? You’re not alone. We’re here to help.

As the interviews and teases roll out for the upcoming Season 6 finale of The Walking Dead, a sense of dread is settling around my heart. I’ve never had this feeling before, but all of a sudden I’m incredibly worried about what’s coming up. Walking Dead anxiety is totes a thing, and it’s coming for the best of us.

I totally blame Negan.

Since I’m a comic reader, I know what we’re in store for with Negan. Even if the show ratchets Negan’s brutality down to 50% of his comic crazy, there’s still going to be carnage. Heartbreaking carnage. And my fragile emotions don’t like it one single bit.

Sure, we’ve got our zombie therapist Chris Hardwick guiding us through the carnage over at Talking Dead, but anxiety is mostly a product of anticipation. Once the opening credits roll on our favorite TV after show, we’re feeling a lot of feels, but, unless there’s a cliffhanger, anxiety usually isn’t one of them.

As an actual therapist, I’ve got the skinny on what you can do to calm your nerves leading up to each Sunday. As we get closer and closer to the Season 6 finale, that sense of doom is certainly looming, but we don’t have to live with it. Check out these three easy steps to combating Walking Dead anxiety below.

The Walking Dead. Steven Yeun as Glenn. Photo: AMC / Gif: Giphy

One – Body

Taking care of your body is the first step in decreasing your feelings of nervous anxiety. While I know that taking deep breaths is a super cliche way to cope, it totally works. Here are a few deep breathing techniques you can check out here, here, and here.

If you’re looking for something a bit more active, why not get running? If nothing else, The Walking Dead has taught us that cardio is super important in the apocalypse anyway, so you might want to get a head start on perfecting your sprinting technique now. If you need motivation, check out the ‘Zombies, Run!’ app. Use your walker fears to fuel your anxiety cure as you walk, jog, and sprint toward a happy balance.

The Walking Dead. Photo: AMC / Gif: MTV.com

Two – Mind

Just remember that it’s all fictional. All of our Walking Dead friends are still alive and well in the real world – Beth (Emily Kinney) has got a thriving singing career, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) is kicking butt on USA series Colony, and Jon Bernthal is co-starring in the newest season of Daredevil on Netflix.

Since real-life assurances aren’t always totally satisfying, you can always spend a little time looking for laughs. The Walking Dead community is great at creating light memes, hilarious photo recaps, and a whole boatload of dad jokes. Reduce your anxiety with some giggles and chuckles.

Three – Spirit

Reach out and touch someone. Find your TWD friends, and then grab them up in a big ole reunion hug. Physical contact with a loved one releases a chemical in the brain called dopamine, which makes us feel all hunky dunky.

Don’t have any people close to you that share your love of the Dead? No worries! Even if it’s just in the digital world, you can connect with a whole ton of loving and caring Walking Dead communities on Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. There are wonderful groups of people out there that will assure you that everything is going to be a-ok. May we recommend that you go chat with our friends over at Undead Walking? They’re super fun, and will talk you through even the bluesiest of Walking Dead blues.

‘The Walking Dead’ airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.