“I am alive. I am here. I am trying. That is enough.”
Dealing with Anxiety can be terrifying. You find everyday things that use to be so simple and easy like getting out of bed or making a simple phone call or even leaving the house challenging and for most, it can lead to panic attacks.
I wanted to write this post as the last week or so I have been struggling a lot with my mental health, especially my anxiety. However, this last week something has also stuck in my mind from my wellbeing practitioner, who is trying to help me with CBT. From what I have learnt, CBT is all about trying to break the cycle of thoughts and the simplest way is to challenge the negative and unhelpful thoughts.
By taking note of your thoughts, and noting when you’re having a bad thought, the idea is to stop for a second, just breathe and say to yourself helpful thoughts, even if you don’t believe them at first. The more you tell yourself the helpful ones, the negative ones get weaker. Sounds simple, right? I know this is going to be extremely difficult, especially when the negative thoughts can be very strong. It will take time, but like my Wellbeing Guide says to me, your already at the bottom right? What have you got to lose?
I am trying to practise this daily, but it’s still very early days and my own personal thoughts are very strong, filled with hatred and self-loathing for myself, but I will get better, this is my promise to myself! So here is a list of helpful thoughts, I hope these help anyone who may be suffering just like myself!
“I Know I Can Do This”
“One Step at a Time, Calm Down & Breathe”
“This is difficult, but each step I take is forward”
“This may seem hard right now, but it will get easier”
“I just need to do my best”
“People cannot tell when I am feeling anxious”
“My anxiety won’t last forever”
“I can do it”.
“I am not weak for having anxiety. Everyone experiences anxiety”
I am going to try to practise these in the upcoming weeks, and I know how hard it is going to be, trying to break a negative thoughts system that has been in charge for over a decade but what have I got to lose right?
I hope this post helps you, even if it’s just to understand anxiety a little bit more than you did before! If you want to find out more about anxiety and getting help, please check out:
Anxiety Help Guide | Anxiety UK | Mental Health Foundation | NHS – Anxiety
I would love to know your thoughts on this technique or if you suffer Anxiety if you have any other techniques? Let me in the comments!
*Update* I recently raised £700 for a Mental Health charity, Rethink, by doing a tandem skydive at 10,000ft! You can read all about that here ♥