How to cope with anxious thoughts.
Updated: Jan 13
When life takes things out of our hands and you may feel that you can’t change anything.
Remember, Thoughts are not facts. Instead, thoughts are predictions, opinions, ideas and judgments and affect how we perceive things.
Here are 3 tips to help you keep your thoughts under control when experiencing anxiety.
Speak to someone you trust. Talk, talk, talk. Research shows that sharing our pain and thoughts with trusted friends and family helps in many ways. Talking about the problem can help release pent-up feelings. When we connect with others, it turns down our threat system to lower the intensity of our stress response. Therefore helping us feel less stressed about the situation.
Take a deep breath. Take a moment to breathe. Constant tension can lead to shortness of breath, more stress and anxiety. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or anxious, a quick way to begin to alleviate those feelings is by doing breathing exercises. If the thing that’s overwhelming you is in front of you, try to step away from it and breathe steadily from 1 to 5. Deep breathing exercises and meditation are a great way to promote relaxation and reduce stress.
Write your thoughts down. Keeping a journal and taking a few minutes to write whatever is on your mind, is a great way to check in with yourself especially if you haven’t had the chance to talk to someone. Express all the emotions you have been experiencing on paper. There are benefits of journaling as a daily routine.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. Anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing because it helps us stay alert, solve problems and makes us aware of risks. If your anxiety is ongoing, intense and hard to control, it can be the sign of a mental health problem. Help is available no matter how long you’ve felt anxious for or how severe your symptoms are.
Contact SoundMindsUK to discover how we can help.
Published by Emma Tuyen