Anxiety can feel overwhelming, suffocating and demanding on your body and your mind. If you are someone who struggles with managing anxiety on a daily basis, there are a variety of ways you can try to cope, whether its counseling services like the ones offered by Accepting Therapy, or other self-supporting techniques. We want to provide some insight on some of these more effective techniques, so here are 3 tips to help you be more successful in coping with anxiety.
- Flip the situation. A common anxious thought people experience might center around what other people think of them, how they are perceived and how they are judged from the outside world. If you experience some of this social anxiety and are constantly worried about what someone else thinks of you, if someone is mad at you or if you replay events over and over in your head to analyze your behaviors; this therapeutic tip is for you. Ask yourself: how would I feel or think in their shoes? Would I be mad? Would I be judging myself? Here’s an example: I am 20 minutes late to a friend’s birthday dinner. As I arrive at the restaurant, I am scrutinizing the faces of my friend and the other guests for reactions to my lateness. I am suddenly insecure about my outfit of choice, wondering if it is too bold for this crowd. As I sit down at the table, I instantly begin apologizing and struggle to form a complete sentence. After dinner, I am drowning in worry that I let my friend down or disappointed them by being late. I then ask myself, ‘would I be mad if they were 20 minutes late to my birthday dinner?’ Flipping the situation allows you to apply the same kindness and patience to yourself that you might usually extend to others, and can give you the removed perspective you need to reduce your personal anxiety.
- Journal: If you struggle with an ongoing stream of anxious thoughts and find it difficult to turn your brain off, journaling can be helpful. Sometimes, anxiety just needs an outlet and letting these thoughts flow onto paper can be a really cathartic and therapeutic experience. After you write down your thoughts, read over what you have written and ask yourself if what you have written is fair and honest. If not, try to reframe some of the thoughts to make them so, or focus on that fair and honest frame for your next journal entry.
- Make time for self-care: Feelings of anxiety can become more intense when a person is feeling burned out, exhausted, and constantly on the go. Making time for self-care is a critical therapeutic method to manage your anxiety, as it provides a healthy outlet for stress and allows time to relax, rest and re-energize. Try to make self-care a part of your daily routine, as you have to persevere and truly give yourself the necessary time if you want this method to reduce your anxiety, as with most techniques
Accepting Therapy wants to provide quality counseling and therapy services to our clients in the Chicago area, whether that is through professional counseling therapy sessions meant to reduce anxiety or through blogs provide important self-help tips like these. I hope these 3 tips help you feel more confident and comfortable in managing anxiety. Stay tuned for more tips!