“When living with anxiety it’s so easy to get stuck being bogged down in worries that for some people aren’t that big of a deal (these are the same people who tell you to “just get on with it”).
But for those of us who struggle with anxiety these worries can become mammoth and at times overwhelming. I like to think of anxiety as drips of water falling into a basin, that water will drip and drip and eventually that basin is going to spill over.
Emily, our Group Worker, stumbled across this little meme and found interesting, here’s her blog on it.
At first glance I thought it was a good way for us to check ourselves when speaking to others, ensuring kindness and consideration.
However, it also translates to how we speak to ourselves and anxieties too.
The question below helps us to get frank with our anxiety, while also comparing it against the truth. Anxious thoughts are more often than not worries which we build up to be wayyyyy bigger than they actually are, what starts as a small issue becomes huge and unmanageable. Now, this isn’t to say these thoughts are not valid, it’s just that they take over and become less attached to reality as our worrying festers.These questions bring us back to reality and are a good way to begin challenging some of our anxieties. So if you feel you can maybe pick one thing you’re feeling anxious about and ask the THINK questions about that worry. Find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted and write your answers down, they might surprise you.
Remember, try to think as objectively as you can.
As always when doing any task like this finish with a gratitude list to end your wee session on a positive. (Name three things you’re grateful for today, they can be big or small).Be kind to yourself today and show some tough love to your anxiety. If we put in the work by doing little tasks like this we can move forward and work towards being the best that we can be.”