Self reflection is a great way to understand your feelings!
- Think about what makes you anxious.
- How does it affect your feelings and thoughts?
- How does it affect your behaviour?
What improves your mood for example, eating ice cream, talking to a friend or listening to music.
How does that make you feel- happy, calm, relaxed?
Therefore how can you change your behaviour to challenge anxiety – I will listen to my music whilst walking into a crowded shopping centre.
It’s important when challenging your anxiety that you set small targets which you can achieve.
Tom’s Case Study
Tom has anxiety going to school, he hasn’t been going to school for over 6 months.
To help Tom overcome his anxiety it’s important he’s able to set small targets for example:
Step 1 Wake up, get ready into his school uniform and pack his bag
Step 2 Getting ready and going to school on the bus and coming home
Step 3 Being able to get ready, catch the bus, and go into reception area
Step 4 Getting ready, catch the bus, go to reception and attend tutor session
Step 5 Getting ready, catch bus, going to reception attending tutor and two sessions in morning.
Every step achieved is a step towards Tom’s goal. Some steps may take Tom longer than others.
Eventually Tom will set targets which are achievable and gains confidence and self-satisfaction without consciously thinking he is challenging his anxiety. He will attend school for a full day and overcome his anxiety and fears about school attendance.
However when setting targets it’s crucial to focus on your mood, feelings and behaviour.
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