1. Write. (You will understand yourself- and your head- so much better.)
2. Talk. Talk to other hypochondriacs. (Meeting another hypochondriac this year was so affirming for me, as she totally understands me.) Also talk to mental health professionals.
3. Gradually try doing things you are scared of, even if you start out small. For example, if your hypochondria makes you fearful of chemicals, try cleaning things more often, but start out with (or only purchase) all natural cleaners. Put yourself in situations where your hypochondria is challenged. In other words, challenge yourself.
4. Tell your close friends and family what triggers you and tell them why it’s important that they be cautious of triggering you.
5. If you are scared of the doctor- visit the doctor!
6. Don’t have immediate support? Try a hotline or app for anxiety such as calm.com.
7. Practice meditation. If you feel like you don’t have the time for it, try meditating when you’re in bed, right before you go to sleep.
These are things that have helped me :). But coping with your coping mechanism is different for everyone!