3 Tips on Managing Anxiety
Nathan Perkins • July 17, 2020
Being down and stressed is part of life. However, sometimes, the weight of your problems and the challenges you face can get overwhelming. As a result, you may sometimes feel alone, perplexed, and anxious.
Dealing with emotional triggers is never easy. Experiencing all sorts of worrying thoughts can seem normal, but if you feel that they seem to never go away and they even disrupt or impact the way you live negatively in any way, then you may consider seeking professional help from a therapist.
Furthermore, to help you manage your anxiety effectively, here are some steps you can take:
1. Identify your triggers
Learning how to deal with mental health triggers is not easy. The good news is that you can manage them.
Aside from considering going to therapy, the first thing you need to do to manage your anxiety is to identify what triggers you and notice your usual responses.
Before taking action in the heat of the moment, it’s healthier to think deeper. Take a deep breath and try to be as rational as possible before doing or saying anything that you might regret in the long run.
2. Be prepared with coping statements
Having chaotic thoughts and a whirlwind of emotions as well as failing to accomplish your goals or execute your plans properly can cause you to feel disappointed in yourself. When you are in despair, it’s important to have coping statements to calm your mind and remind yourself that everything is going to be OK despite how stressful and anxious you feel right now.
Here are some coping statements that you can prepare beforehand that can make you feel assured and calm. Place them in your pocket so you can easily access them wherever you go:
“I have overcome these emotions. I can survive this once more.”
“Everything is going to be OK no matter how I feel horrible right now. My feelings will pass, and I will feel better in no time.”
“I am safe, and this is because my brain and body are protecting me, which is why I feel this way right now.”
3. Reframe your negative thoughts
Sometimes, when you are suffering from anxiety, you worry about absurd concerns or think of negative thoughts about yourself that may seem exaggerated and untrue. When this happens, you must learn cognitive restructuring techniques. This way, you can recognize these amplified emotions and negative thoughts.
To calm yourself down from the intensity of what you feel, you must notice the first thought you had that birthed several undesirable and harmful thoughts. Acknowledge how you feel and recognize the intensity of your emotions. Afterward, breathe deeply and slowly. Finish this by having a powerful coping statement that is truly relevant to your situation.
Suffering from anxiety and being constantly distracted by your negative thoughts is challenging. While you may feel horrible right now, it’s important to realize that your feelings can be managed, and your emotions will pass sooner than you think. To overcome these, you may consider seeking professional help and undergoing therapy.
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