Mild anxiety is normal in our daily lives and can be eased with some basic tools. Answer the following questions to find out how well you use some of these tools.
1. When I feel anxious, I take deep breaths to ground myself and calm myself down.
2. To ease some of the tension, I relax my body and physically release the tightness in my shoulders, neck, arms and chest.
3. I vent my feelings of anxiety by writing or talking to someone. This helps get the strong emotions off my chest and out of my body.
4. I channel the tension into some kind of physical activity, such as walking or doing other exercise or yard work.
5. I challenge my anxiety by talking to someone I trust about my thinking or my conclusions.
6. If I know I'm going to be in an anxiety-producing situation I plan a strategy to help me cope.
7. I watch how others approach stressful situations and try adapting their techniques to my own situations.
8. I face challenges and commit to a plan of action, rather than avoiding.
9. I nurture a positive attitude.
10. I seek support from friends, counselors, self-help groups, etc.
Most people experience anxiety during the course of their lives. Some of it is healthy and can motivate us to get the hard things done. However, more intense feelings of anxiety are emotionally painful and can interfere with a person's daily functioning. If you're concerned about your feelings of fear and anxiety, please don't hesitate to call.
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