Category: Anxiety

5 Tips For Managing Anxiety (inc. 2 videos)

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1. Know what is worrying you: Be specific

It has been said that worry is not an emotion but a behaviour that leads to an emotion; you worry (behaviour) and therefore you feel ANXIOUS (emotion). Feeling anxiety is a result of the things that you are worrying about and in order to manage the anxiety you first need to know what is worrying you. Do you ever feel, though, that you don’t know what you are worried about? If someone were to ask ‘Well, what are you worrying about?’ Your answer might be ‘Everything!’ Or ‘I’m not even sure, I’m just worried!’

This is where being SPECIFIC comes in. If you can specify a worry then you are part way to managing the anxiety that comes from it. Firstly, you want to think generally and then narrow things down. So ask yourself the question ‘What do I have to be worried about?’ Is it your finances? Your relationship? Work? Studies? Once you have identified the general area/s of worry, get them out of your head by writing them down so you can see them. Then it’s time to get SPECIFIC by asking yourself ‘What is it that at CURRENT TIME on CURRENT DAY that I am worrying about?’ and then write this down as well. You will then have a list of worries that are clearly identified and, now you have that list, you can start dealing with them one by one to manage your anxiety.

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