Friday
Jun192015

How can I help myself when my anxiety gets triggered?

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In this week's podcast we're responding to the question: "How can I help myself when my anxiety gets triggered?"

 

Take a step back and pause

See if there is anything upsetting you that you can cut out of your life.

Common anxiety triggers include:

Disturbing news

Anxiety triggers to look out for include:
          Caffeine
          Violent, scary, or fast paced entertainment: music, movies, TV, video games.
          Stress, social pressure, expectations, or confrontations
          
Keep a note of what you notice adds to your anxiety and see what changes you can make to reduce it's presence in your life.
- See more at: http://www.anxietyslayer.com/journal/where-do-i-start-when-i-feel-like-anxietys-winning.html#sthash.G2LNYtVV.dpuf

Caffeine         

Violent, scary, or fast paced entertainment: music, movies, TV, video games.         

Stress, social pressure, expectations, or confrontations          

 

Pay attention to things that help you feel safe and more relaxed.
 
For example: creative activities, yoga, walking, inspiring reading, breathing exercises, guided relaxation.
 
Practice focusing on whatever reduces your anxiety (even if it's only a little bit) and see what changes you can make to include more of these things in your day.

 

Get back to basics

The MindMap below covers the basics of dealing with anxiety by paying attention to three key areas. - See more at: http://www.anxietyslayer.com/journal/where-do-i-start-when-i-feel-like-anxietys-winning.html#sthash.tzYcSRhp.dpuf

Have a look at our MindMap showing the basics of dealing with anxiety by paying attention to three key areas.

 

Remember the Calm Point

Try this simple pressure point exercise to help you feel calm and in control.

  • Make a fist with your left hand and look for where your middle finger touches your palm.

 

  • Now press that point with the thumb of your right hand for about a minute while you take deep steady breaths.

 (With thanks to Dr Vasant Lad)

 

 

Look out for things that help you feel safe and more relaxed.

 

Things like creative activities, yoga, walking, inspiring reading, breathing exercises, guided relaxation.

 

Log what you notice reduces your anxiety (even if it's only a little bit) and see what changes you can make to include more of those things in your day.
- See more at: http://www.anxietyslayer.com/journal/where-do-i-start-when-i-feel-like-anxietys-winning.html#sthash.G2LNYtVV.dpuf

Listen to the full podcast "How can I help myself when my anxiety gets triggered" here: