If you are in the hub of an anxiety attack, distract your thinking from your anxiety & fear through using different cognitive/mental diversions or distractions.
For example, one way to effectively divert your mind and thinking is to say the alphabet backwards or count backwards from 100, Sing a nursery rhyme like ‘One man went to Mo’ or ‘if you’re happy and you know it’.
Other ways are to list the astrological star signs in order, list the books of your favourite author, the songs of your favourite band or singer, or perhaps recite the lyrics to your favourite poem or lyric!
You can breathe in and out, focus on each breathe and count as you inhale and exhale.
Hold a ball, soft toy or sandbag and clench
in, squeeze then release, squeeze then release, counting as you go to divert your thinking.
Even humming ‘Happy Birthday’ is an effective cognitive diversion.
If you find yourself experiencing an Anxiety or Panic Attack force yourself to do one (or as many as possible) of these techniques until you have calmed down and feel more in control.
Science says that you can only have one thought at a time so these techniques allow you to be in control of what that thought is.
By diverting your thoughts, you diffuse your anxiety – Simple!
To a calmer you,
I look forward to hearing how you calmed yourself by actively diverting your thoughts using the techniques suggested here or maybe ones of your own.
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