Hello anxiety, my unwelcome friend. How delightful you’re visiting again said no one ever. Anxiety is an invisible part of our lives that may control us. But who’s choice is it when anxiety is in control?
I struggle with this, as I suffer with anxiety now and again, and during the moments where I am overwhelmed by it, technically it’s my own fault.
Switch off, I think. Think of something else, I think. Stop thinking, I think. This little internal dialogue is about as helpful and as effective as my previous point as I have once again done this to myself. I’m still overthinking, I’m just overthinking about my anxiety.
The key to coping with anxiety is trying to unhook yourself and reassure yourself. So when your unwelcome friend arrives, you acknowledge them and dismiss them and they leave.
I’ve started to re-read a book called The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris. I first read it when I started CBT as it contains lots of techniques to overcome depression and anxiety. I found it life changing. It’s a really great book to come back to when you’re having those anxious thoughts and trying to navigate through them.
I also started to read other blogger’s posts on anxiety and I found them all really interesting and varied. Here’s one post about it from the Every Girl. As whilst we all get some form of anxiety, it effects us all differently.
I’ve found that my anxiety has improved massively since doing CBT, but it has flared up slightly again so I’m re-reading the book and re-working my approach, let’s see how it goes.
How do you cope with anxiety?