Anxiety – Helpful Thoughts

“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?

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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

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  • Sorry to hear you’re having a tough time with anxiety. I’m in the same position as you, being in the early stages of CBT. What I find helpful, is when I notice the negative thoughts, interrupt them and focus on the here and now – what can you see (i.e. the leaves off a tree blowing in the wind), hear, smell, feel and taste. Obviously, it needs practising a lot as the negative thoughts are damn stubborn. I also find it helpful to question whether something is a fact or an opinion. Most things are an opinion. No opinion is 100% correct, there’s no way to prove it because it’s just someone’s opinion! Sorry if that all mean diddly squat to you. I hope things are a bit brighter for you soon!
    Sorry to hear you’re having a tough time with anxiety. I’m in the same position as you, being in the early stages of CBT. What I find helpful, is when I notice the negative thoughts, interrupt them and focus on the here and now – what can you see (i.e. the leaves off a tree blowing in the wind), hear, smell, feel and taste. Obviously, it needs practising a lot as the negative thoughts are damn stubborn. I also find it helpful to question whether something is a fact or an opinion. Most things are an opinion. No opinion is 100% correct, there’s no way to prove it because it’s just someone’s opinion! Sorry if that all mean diddly squat to you. I hope things are a bit brighter for you soon!

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  • Everyday Aimee

    This is exactly what I use when my anxiety takes over. If its light anxiety it works a treat if its more i have to fight to hear the positives. Just remember we have your back xx

  • Kimamely Beauty

    Really interesting and eye opening posts. Whilst it’s not as bad as some, I often suffer from anxiety and I’ll definitely be making use of those helpful thoughts.

    Kirstie | Kimamely Beauty

  • KGR

    I know what it is like to live with anxiety and how incredibly hard it is to not dwell on the negative thoughts, CBT is something I have tried but for me at the time it didn’t work. I hope it goes well for you tho 🙂
    xx

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