Coping with Anxiety — Transcription
Hi, all happy Tuesday! And I do have another question today regarding anxieties. So I think this is pretty relatable right now as are all my Talk It Out Tuesdays. So far with the pandemic and everything going on in the world. A lot of people are experiencing anxiety. It’s a very normal reaction right now. So I thought this would be a great question to answer basically how to manage some anxiety symptoms that you may be having. So things like panic attacks or intrusive thinking, things like that. So there are things called grounding techniques that are really great. The first one would be to do box breathing. So this is breathe in for four seconds, hold it for four seconds, breathe out for four seconds and hold for four seconds. So continue to do this. It’s going to help you refocus that “thinking on your breath” and by slowing down your breath, it’s typical to help if you’re having those shallow breaths – like when you’re having a panic attack a lot of times you can’t breathe or you feel like you can’t breathe.
So this just helps slow down and regulate your breathing. Another great technique that I have is the five, four, three, two, one. So using your senses to ground yourself. So this is five things that you can see, four things you can hear, three things you can touch, two things you can smell and one thing you can taste. If you go through this in your head, it should help again, distract that thought process, those intrusive thoughts, and kind of distract you and be able to ground you to feel more present and to feel okay in that moment. So these are a few techniques. You can also check out my Pinterest page. I have a lot of great resources on there specifically for anxiety. So if you go to my website, which is www.acecounselinggroup.com, you can go at the bottom and click the Pinterest link, and you’ll be able to look at my boards and there’s a lot of different resources on there. So have a great rest of your week and I will see you next week!