Anxiety Tools: Cognitive Approaches
Last week we explored mindfulness tools to combat anxiety. By the way, research shows that 10 minutes a day of mindfulness meditation can have gigantic results, including, but not limited to: an increase in positive emotions, reduction in negative emotions and the impact of stress, an increase in self-compassion and greater focus in daily life, being more present for others. Wow! That’s a huge trade off for a 10 minute investment, and completely natural and drug free.
Today we explore Cognitive Behavioral approaches to managing your anxiety. This includes challenging the way you think, and maybe even standing up to the anxious thoughts.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT helps identify and challenge negative thought patterns that contribute to anxiety. Techniques like thought reframing, looking at the concern from different vantage points can empower you to develop healthier perspectives and coping mechanisms.
Journaling: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can provide insights into triggers and patterns of anxiety. Regular journaling can also help you gain clarity, practice gratitude, and track your progress as you work on managing anxiety.
Worry Time Technique: Designating a specific “worry time” during your day allows you to postpone anxious thoughts until that scheduled period. This prevents anxiety from interfering with your daily tasks and helps you approach worries with a more rational mindset.
Next week we will have our last anxiety buster segment and focus on how our lifestyle choices impact anxiety.