Anxiety/Panic and Fear are horrible feelings & emotions to experience on a regular basis, they not only negatively affect your thinking but also your actions and behaviours, too.
Perhaps making you too fearful to go out or do what you want to do. Maybe you worry about things that may happen in the future, although really you know you have no solid evidence for that worry.
Or maybe you are continually in an anxious state about what other people think of you and are you good enough?
Whatever you are doing right now, you can change and you can become calmer, happier and more confident.
A beneficial first step if you are prone to panic or anxiety attacks, is keeping a diary or journal where you can write explaining your feelings, thoughts and concerns.
Write down what you are feeling, what you’re afraid of, and why you think the anxiety came about, write down without really thinking about it, it doesn’t really have to make sense, you just need to get it out of your head and onto the paper.
Writing it down will help you to focus your thoughts, and it also gives you a feeling of release as the experience of free-writing or writing down your thoughts is like having someone listen to you, which in itself leads to you feeling a lot calmer and more in control.
You can read what you have written to help you understand your anxiety and fears further, or to highlight how unlikely or irrational they are, meaning that they become less important or even seem silly!
Or you can just choose to write and then close the page until you write again..
Writing is the best technique as it fire’s off neurons in the brain, but the important thing is to get those thoughts out, so if you don’t like to write or can’t then say all your thoughts, feelings and fears aloud into an mp3 or recording device then listen back or delete, as required.
In the great words of Tears for Fears ‘Shout, Shout, let it all out, these are the things I can do without..’
To a calmer you,
I look forward to hearing how you calmed yourself by writing or speaking your fear/worry and anxiety out!
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