Welcome back! At this point in the series, you know your possible triggers, your symptoms, and some ways to prevent physical ailments and calm your breathing. Now we are going to look at the thought process.
Next step in fixing your thinking is to end the cycle of obsessive thought patterns or dreading an upcoming event. This alone can cause your anxiety to pique. It helps to talk it out with a friend, journal, or completely distract yourself. Take a brisk walk or exercise, put some fun music or a comedy movie on in the background (or, better yet, sit down to really watch the movie), or begin a fun project around the house. You will still have to deal with whatever is causing your anxiety, yes, but dwelling on it will only heighten your emotions and stress.
If you are not in a situation where you can distract yourself with an activity or talking to a friend, focus on some familiar patterns that will help you distract yourself. If, for instance, you are a fan of math, then run math equations and patterns through your mind. If it helps to remember people’s birthdays, family members’ middle names, or all of your past favorite books or movies, then begin compiling those lists in your mind. Any thought pattern that helps to keep your mind off of the anxiety at hand would be a release.
Interactive Strategy #9
Make lists and make plans:
In focusing on positive things you want to do or achieve you can distract your mind from the negative loop causing you the anxious symptoms. When the stress monster rears its ugly head stop it cold with creating a positive future event that you will look forward to and that give you pleasure. The operative word here is pleasure.
Join us next time to discuss some ways to lessen general anxiety and past memories through your daily living. Keep those stressful thoughts at bay!
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