For those who live with anxiety, IKYK. It’s exhausting!
There are a lot of symptoms and things about anxiety that are sometimes difficult to explain. Sometimes we have feelings like difficulty breathing, impending doom or feelings of panic, and sometimes, it can feel like there’s nothing you can do to prevent it. Learning how to master self-regulation can support with this.
Anxiety can create sensations that may make us feel out of our body and like we are no longer grounded in the moment. When we are not grounded in the moment, we become disconnected from our mind and body, leading to misinterpretations of what’s reality and what’s not. When this disconnection happens from our body, our brains will go into overdrive and create what we refer to as cognitive distortions. When we have these cognitive distortions, they may lead to feelings and thoughts we create for ourselves. For example, you might use personalization to assume your friend not texting you back immediately means they don’t want to talk to you and that you’re a bad friend. This way of thinking can lead to feeling like you’re not good enough. The cycle of anxiety will continue you to go, but again, this is where self-regulation tools can support you in reframing your thinking.
Below is a list of cognitive distortions that, if you have anxiety, you may relate to. If you relate to any of these, know you’re not alone. Talk to your therapist about how you can learn to catch these thinking patterns and even use self-regulation tools to assist with your feelings.
We know that anxiety can be difficult. That's why finding the right tools with support from a therapist can help you to manage these symptoms. Together, we can support you in learning about your anxiety triggers and find ways to help you self-regulate. Hope to see you in session!
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