How to Manage Your Anxious Thoughts
Do you ever have moments of anxiety where you can't focus on anything because you feel so anxious? Your brain is racing with a million different thoughts and all you want to do is quiet your mind. You want to feel peace, but you don't know how to get there.
It's so easy to want to switch off those anxious thoughts and bury yourself in a book so you don't have to deal with what's going on inside. But avoidance never solves the problem. Here's a simple 3-step process you can do to help you manage what's going on in your brain so you can stop feeling anxious and process your emotion instead of buffering it.
You guys know what a fan I am of thought downloads. This is because they work. And they don't have to take a lot of time. Get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper. What's the problem? What are you worried about? What is making you feel anxious? Get it out.
identify the problem thought
Once you do your thought download you can identify what the problem thought is. What stands out to you the most? What feels the biggest? If you solved one problem, would it make other things obsolete?
categorize the problem thought
Now that you know what the problem is, you can solve it. Remember, your thoughts create your feelings and your feelings drive your actions. When you think that thought, how does it make you feel? When you feel that way, what do you do? When you do that, what result do you create? Why do you think you are doing this?
Give yourself time to really understand what is going on. Before you switch to a better feeling thought, you have to understand why you are doing what you're doing in the first place.
start feeling better
When you have compassion for yourself and you're ready to move on, you can practice thinking your new better feeling thought. Ask yourself the questions from above and make sure you believe your new though and that it really does feel good. This will help you process your anxiety and give you space to feel the emotion so you can move beyond it and really start enjoying your life.
Try it out! I promise it's not as scary as it sounds.