You recognize the feeling of anxiety building in your body. "Old you" would reach for a drink, but the new, sober, you knows there are healthier ways to handle anxiety and stress. Practice these tried-and-true strategies at even the slightest hint of nervousness. That way, it'll feel like second nature to put them into play when anxiety strikes hard.
Understand Your Anxiety
Every emotion and feeling is your body's way of trying to tell you something. Anxiety is your body's attempt at keeping you safe. Reflect on what you might be fearful of and determine if there's any way to overcome that fear. This can lessen feelings of anxiety or stop them for good.
Write it Down
Writing about your anxieties can help you organize otherwise jumbled thoughts and bring clarity to the situation. If you're not sure what to write, try a "stream of consciousness" exercise -- set a timer for ten minutes and write whatever pops into your mind without lifting your pen or hitting the backspace key. Other forms of writing -- like simply making a to-do list for the day -- can also help calm your mind by giving you less to think about and remember.