Responding (not reacting) to anxiety: a buffet of options
Posted Aug 24 2008 12:08am
The good folks over at the Nurses Online Education Data Base let me know about an article they posted to their library, entitled "50 Quick and Easy Ways to Calm Anxiety" (click here ). It's a nicely organized buffet of possibilities, though some of the 50 will be more quick, and some more easy, from time to time as you experience anxiety.
A warning: given that shame and anxiety often are holding hands (often out of sight), be mindful of your own experiences as you read through these possible responses, and catch yourself if any judgment comes up around all the things you "should" be doing (or not doing). These kind of lists can be great to read when you're in an anxiety storm, but can also tend to be more overwhelming. If perusing it reminds you of something you've forgotten, that might be helpful, go for it! If you're getting flooded by all the options, or you're berating yourself for not feeling everything as "Slow and Hard," then just set it aside and come back to it later.
So much about managing anxiety has to do with acceptance of the reality of where you're at, exactly what anxiety does not do. So if such a list is an aid, great! If not, no problem. Be very pragmatic and do whatever works.