Today’s post is a reminder to be aware of your own wellbeing and stress. It’s easy to forget about yourself when you are looking after others or adapting to new situations. Keeping in touch with your own emotions and mental wellbeing is just as important as physical health. There is lots of online support available, including the Mind website so please make the most of it and remember to ask for help if you need it. Be kind to yourself and to others!
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Here are some top tips:
When you are anxious you might feel stuck and unsure of how to feel better. You might even do things that unwittingly fuel your anxiety. Follow these simple steps to help you cope with your anxiety right here, right now:
- Take a deep breath
Remember the 7/11 rule.
Try slowly inhaling to a count of 7 then exhaling to a count of 11.
- Accept that you’re anxious
Remember anxiety is just a feeling, like any other feeling. By reminding yourself that anxiety is simply an emotional reaction you can start to accept it.
- Question your thoughts
When people are anxious their brain comes up with ideas that are often unrealistic and unlikely to occur, which can fuel the anxiety. Try asking yourself these questions when challenging your thoughts:
- Is this worry realistic?
- Is this really likely to happen?
- If the worst possible outcome happens, what would be so bad about that?
- How have I/others managed this before?
- What I might do?
- How could I prepare for this?
- Use a calming visualisation
Picture yourself somewhere that brings up a positive feeling, such as on holiday. Try to visualise using all of your senses; how did you feel, what could you smell, what could you see, what could you touch and what sounds could you hear?
- Use positive self-talk
Anxiety can produce a lot of negative chatter. Instead of thinking ‘I can’t cope’, try thinking ‘I can tell I’m feeling anxious because…but this won’t last forever and I have plenty of strategies I can use to manage it.’
- Focus on right now and take control
When people are anxious they are usually thinking and worrying about something that may happen in the future. Instead, pause, breathe and pay attention to what’s happening right now. Ask yourself what you would be doing if you weren’t feeling anxious today. If you were going to go to the gym, can you exercise at home? If you planned to meet a friend, can you ring them or arrange an online chat?