Search

How Do I Deal With Anxiety? Part 2 - Tackling THAT project...

1 month ago


I think that two weeks ago I left you getting out of bed to eat ice cream. Today I will talk about what happens once you are up and getting through the day. Then anxiety strikes. Have you ever started on a project and then you get a dreadful feeling in the pit of your stomach. You stop and sit down muttering : ‘ I can’t do this!’ ? We all get this feeling occasionally, but currently some of us are feeling it daily. It is as if the uncertainty in the world surrounds and paralyses us. Few have a psychotherapist on call. Can you help yourself at that moment? - Stand up! Do not allow yourself to sink into the chair. - Take ten deep breaths. - If the project can wait, give yourself permission to do something you enjoy e.g. painting, cooking, calling a friend. Something active will give you a sense of purpose. - If you want to tackle the project, but feel too anxious to start, set yourself the task of doing it ONLY for 10 minutes. Time yourself. After 10 minutes stop. - Hurray! You have done 10 minutes on your project. In an hour’s time, you can do another 10 minutes. - This is called ‘Doing the 10 Minute Hop’. I shall explain next time. In the meantime, congratulate yourself on having started. Despite anxiety. It is a great start.

1 view

Recent Posts

See All

Is it Men’s Mental Health Week?

I am not sure. There’s been only one post about it that I could find, even though I searched for a bit. Saw little about it on TV, not very much in the press. Much more about Father’s Day, where men

5 Lessons From Lockdown

‘Don’t stand, don’t stand so, don’t stand so close to me...’ In New Zealand, we are at Alert Level 1. We want to live our life as before. Some of us are a tad apprehensive though. Last week, the local