Do you find yourself constantly worrying about the future? Are you uneasy, nervous, or in a panic? If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from anxiety. Keep reading to learn 4 strategies to cope with anxiety.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses in the US and studies have shown that women with PCOS deal with anxiety symptoms at a higher occurrence than women without PCOS.
Being vocal about my struggle with anxiety has helped me connect with other Cysters and cope with my symptoms. Today I’m sharing 4 effective strategies that I use to cope with anxiety. You can also find additional coping strategies in the resource library. This blog post isn’t meant to be a replacement of therapy or medication. Please seek professional help if needed.
Feelings of anxiety tend to take us out of the present moment. Feelings of worry, restlessness, and panic put us in a cycle of negative thinking, behaviors, and irrational scripts. Grounding techniques help get you out of your mental space and into the present moment. Unless you are actually in a crisis more than likely, in the present moment- you are okay.
A simple ground technique that you can use is to tap into your 5 senses using the 5-4-3-2-1 technique.
Take a deep breath and identify:
5 things you can see
4 things you can hear
3 things you feel
2 things you smell
1 thing you can taste
Using your senses can ground you in the reality of the moment so that you can take control.
Recognizing Irrational Thoughts
“Everyone is staring at the hair on my chin”.
This irrational thought frequently haunts me in social situations. The fear of my insecurities being noticed has paralyzed me and before I took control, stopped me from fully living my best life.
I had to recognize my pattern of thinking as irrational. In reality, heads don’t turn when I walk in a room and people aren’t worried about my hirtusium- they have their own business to worry about. Once I started challenging my irrational thoughts I began to take the power away from my anxiety.
Check out a more in-depth article on stopping negative and irrational thoughts here.
Create A Mantra
The next logical step after identifying negative thoughts is to replace them with positive thoughts. One of my favorite methods of dealing with anxiety is using a personal mantra. Whenever I feel anxiety symptoms coming along, especially when I’m experiencing social anxiety… I say to myself, “It’s just a feeling, I get to decide what to do with it.” Sometimes, if I’m feeling very overwhelmed I will write down this statement and do some deep breathing.
Think about your irrational thoughts and challenge them with a constructive mantra.
Next time you’re experiencing feelings of anxiety try out these techniques and let me know how it goes!
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