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POSITIVE SELF-STATMENTS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY

Typically, we don't think very positive when it comes to anxiety. We go into fight or flight motion and react without thinking. Somebody I didn't even get along with at the time taught me this. When I'm upset or feel like I'm going to spin out of control to

STOP!!!!!


THINK!!!


REACT!

By doing those three steps you most likely not say something you would regret later. You would prevent feelings of hurt and other anger rising and a snowball turning into one of those huge rolling snowballs out of control and growing rapidly. Post in on your computer or wherever you spend the most time. I put mine on my monitor and now I have it memorized. It was there for about a year, but I got the message and it worked.

PREPARATION FOR POSITIVE SELF-STATEMENTS FOR COPING WITH ANXIETY

PREPARATION:
These are things you can say to your self so you wont' get so upset and anxious before the time of the event you are nervous about arrives. It will keep you calm. Things you can say to yourself:
- It's not going to be as bad as I think,
- It won't last long and I can cope with it.
- I might enjoy it if I go.
- If I do get bad feelings, I know they won't last long and I can cope with them.
- It's better to go than not to go. Worry doesn't help.
- I'm getting better and need to go to rebuild my confidence.

CONCENTRATION
Next you have to concentrate. You have to be in the ready to go mode. For this moment things you can say to yourself would include:
-Concentrate on what is going on.
-This is just anxiety; it is an unpleasant feeling but I've never been ill.
-The feelings are unpleasant but not harmful or dangerous.
-Concetrate on what I have to do.
-I know I am going to be OK.
-One step at a time.
-The feelings ALWAYS pass away.
-Remember to relax and think positive

PRAISE
Now your moment of stress and anxiety is over and done with. These are some of the things you can say to yourself:
-I coped with that.
-I achieved that; I'm getting better.
-I handled that; it should be easier next time.
-I can be pleased with the progress I am making.
-I did that well.
-If I keep this up, I'm going to get really good at this.


Sheri Adams

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