Anxiety feels like a threat to our emotional, physical, or mental safety in the world. When our anxious thoughts put us in distress, it can make it hard for us to problem-solve effectively, affect us physically, withdraw us socially, and feel exhausted and confused in the end. It is important to remember with anxiety that while we may not be able to control our thoughts, we can control how we react to them.
See What is True
When uncertainty about the future affects your present, remind yourself of what you know to be true. Look around you and determine what is real already. Think of where you live and what you are currently doing right now. This will reconnect you with your body and senses which will make you feel comfortable. It is hard to know what the future holds, but knowing where you are now will give you the certainty you have been seeking.
Remember Why Your Anxiety is There
When we try to repress our anxious thoughts, they tend to come back much stronger. Remind yourself that your anxiety is trying to protect you. Even if these anxious thoughts turn out to be wrong, it is still to protect yourself from what your mind thinks is impending danger. Getting rid of stress is not the goal as stress will always be a part of your life. It is about recognizing it and taking action on what to do about it. Our anxiety increases when we aggressively try to push it away or pretend it does not exist. Instead, let your anxiety move through you and know that it will eventually get less scary.
Track Your Anxious Thoughts
Having the same thoughts in your head can be very frustrating. Tracking your thoughts when they begin, what you are doing, and what is around you can help you learn about the triggers in your environment. For example, if you tend to experience anxious thoughts when you are watching the news, write it down in a journal and keep your eye out for these patterns. It is important to take note of the support that is available to you. Social support and therapy will greatly help your anxiety as you will have a better knowledge of what to do when these anxious thoughts come. Your thoughts do not have to be threatening but a sign to get help.
Anxiety can be very frustrating when you have a pool of worrisome thoughts swimming in your head. By accepting these thoughts and keeping track of your triggers to these thoughts, you will be able to have control over them. At Alta Loma, we understand how overwhelming it may be to feel like you do not have control over your thoughts. Our transformative facility in Georgetown, Texas can provide you with essential tools for your anxiety like individualized therapy, medication management, life coping skills education, therapeutic recreational activities, and more. Please give us a call at (866) 457-3843 to learn more.