Practical skills for coping with Anxiety

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I wanted to share with you my own story of how I’m coping (or trying to cope) with Anxiety of moving home during Pandemic. I will share HOW I’m making sure my Anxiety doesn’t go through the roof, and how I keep stress levels under control.

As an Anxiety Psychotherapist and a Life Coach, you may think I don’t struggle with Anxiety. But I do- it hits me just like it hits everybody else in difficult situations.

Moving home is very stressful, let alone during pandemic. So many things to organize ‘virtually’.

The first feeling when I heard I had to move was of being overwhelmed. This is very normal for Anxiety sufferers.

Anxiety causes us to:

1. Over-Estimate the problem (or a ‘threat’);
2. And Under-Estimate our abilities to cope with it.

So I went into what I call a  ‘survival’ mode to cope with the stress and anxiety. I knew I needed to protect my mental health no matter what.

These are the practical skills for coping with Anxiety that I’ve implemented into my life so far:

1. I am DELEGATING all the tasks that I can, including turning to online food delivery and asking for help when and where I can;

2. I’m using my practical skills set to cope with anxiety, for example:

  • WHAT is so worrying about this situation; 

  • HOW to make it easier for (and ‘on’) myself;

  • WHEN can I do things (and what do I need to sacrifice);

  • WHY is it bothering me this much;

  • And WHERE to make all-important changes.

3.  When Anxiety hits at night (and I think you can probably relate to this), I am firm with myself to DEAL WITH MY QUESTIONS AND ‘WHAT IFS’ in the morning (I ALWAYS keep that promise to myself as I know MY BRAIN WON’T BELIEVE ME NEXT TIME);

4. I am getting out my notepad out and WRITING DOWN WHAT I NEED TO DO every day. This way, I may not have all the answers but I may have PARTIAL ANSWERS, keeping in mind I CAN’T PREDICT WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.

Strangely, I thought I’d be busier than ever but having put all my problem solving skills in place, I actually freed a lot of valuable time for my clients and family.

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