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In this week's podcast we're sharing four gentle ways to support yourself when anxiety flares up.
Anxiety can push us, if we are going too fast we can’t make good decisions and we might crash.
Take a deep breath. Use the calm point. Slow down. Get some water or tea and allow yourself a time out.
Don’t believe everything your anxiety tells you.
Look for generalisations and distortions.
Is your anxiety telling you things are worse than they really are? Is it telling you things will always be this way? Or trying to find problems with you?
Use your intelligence to question your thoughts. Look for evidence that you have support and that you are strong.
Calm your Critic
If your internal voice is harsh or critical try taking a deep breath and thinking about how you can show yourself some support and kindness.
Treat yourself as you would a friend. Offer yourself, patience, space to heal and support.
If your anxiety is flaring up, chances are you’ve been through some extra stress or challenges.
Show yourself some understanding. Acknowledge what you’re going through as if you were hearing a friend.
Allow some time and space to get back to feeling more comfortable again.
Self-compassion reduces painful replays of stories from the past and is the opposite of self-criticism which increases anxiety. Practicing self-care via compassion, nutrition, and anxiety reducing attitudes and activities increases our sense of well-being.
Anxiety locks us in our mind. Try getting out of your head and into your senses.
Practice noticing how many things you can see, hear, smell and feel when doing a simple act like:
- walking - showering - drawing, colouring - gardening - baking bread
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