This is Part 2 of the series and if you’d like to listen to Part 1, go here. There are many things you can do to lower your anxious thoughts and feelings so if you’re doing some things that I don’t cover but they are working for…well, you know the saying don’t fix what isn’t broken.
If you missed the first PIIP topic, it’s called How to Find a Therapist and I give you 7 ideas on how to go about finding a therapist – listen here.
I’m going to cover 5 more ideas you can implement to help with anxiety, but before I do that this is a reminder that It’s important to stress these episodes are not meant to take the place of any work you’re doing with your therapist or doctor. In fact, please run these ideas by your counselor or doctor before you act on them to make sure you are ready for them or even fit for the suggestions. I can’t stress this enough, each person is unique and their situation is unique so please talk to your dr before starting anything new i may be suggesting.
- Journaling: JMIR Mental Health – Online Positive Affect Journaling in the Improvement of Mental Distress and Well-Being in General Medical Patients With Elevated Anxiety Symptoms: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial, Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing | Advances in Psychiatric Treatment | Cambridge Core
- Identify and learn to manage your triggers: 11 Anxiety Triggers and How to Identify and Manage Them (healthline.com)
- Understand your thought patterns and then work to change them: 6 Thought Patterns That Increase Anxiety | Psychology Today
- Eat a healthy diet:Omega-3 supplementation lowers inflammation and anxiety in medical students: a randomized controlled trial – PubMed (nih.gov), Fermented foods, neuroticism, and social anxiety: An interaction model – PubMed (nih.gov)
- Get into a good sleep pattern How to Sleep When Anxiety Is Keeping You Awake: 5 Tips (psychcentral.com)
Find a therapist options:
Learn about Hopscotch: https://www.joinhopscotch.com/
Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us
Grow Therapy: https://growtherapy.com/
Mental Health Resources and Support:
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress, resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Includes information on finding your local crisis center. Phone: 988 Website: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.SAMHSA’s National Helpline | SAMHSA
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