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Forums / Anxiety / SELF HELP TIPS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY

Topic: SELF HELP TIPS FOR MANAGING ANXIETY

  1. Haraldo
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    23 September 2021

    Hello

    Something that helps me is framing anxiety as future related and depression as past related.

    So being present is really helpful for both.

    I use exercise and grounding techniques to be present in my body now - especially if I'm starting to have panic attacks or depression is getting on top of me.

    Walking is a really simple exercise you can do for free practically anywhere. And paying attention while you're walking to your breath and your muscles and how you pick your legs up and place your feet keeps you present in your body.

    And just putting your feet on the ground and feeling it under you and stable is a very simple grounding technique that's accessible to nearly everyone, anywhere at any time of the day or night.

    I don't drink any caffeinated things anymore either - or alcohol - and interestingly this (and lollipops) helped me quit smoking too.

    Also saying NO to too many demands helps me. If someone can do something on their own, for themselves, and they ask you to do it for them, you can say No.

    meditation helps too.

    And talking - finding someone who you can really talk to is great. That might be a counsellor or psychologist or your sister.

    Sometimes you have to let go of jobs, people and places that are making your anxiety or depression worse.

    Sometimes your life situation will be making your anxiety worse and you will need to find daily managing techniques.

    This whole thread has some great ideas for how to do that.

    Here's another piece of advice that has helped me - half-arsing something is better than not doing it at all.

    That might mean you eat cake for breakfast instead of not eating any breakfast.

    Or you might walk around your building instead of going for an hour long walk.

    Or you might brush your teeth and put on a clean pair of pjamas instead of having a shower and getting dressed.

    That last tip might be more depression related - but they do get tangled. And it helps if you are getting overwhelmed by unexpected change to be open to half arsing things sometimes.

    I hope that helps someone.

    It's pretty uplifting to see all these posts with helpful ideas and tips.

    Thanks everybody.

    I didn't read all of them - but what I did read was really lovely.

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  2. Coco F
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    2 October 2021 in reply to Haraldo
    Thanks. Most helpful.
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  3. demonblaster
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    2 October 2021 in reply to Haraldo

    Hi Haraldo Coco F and everyone ☺

    Just wanted to thank you for your time and a great post Haraldo there's a lot of solid helpful techniques there.

    I find walking good because there's a lot of distraction, cars people houses animals birdies etc for distraction and being outsides away from ourselves kind of too.

    Nice being amongst it.

    Thanks too to everyone contributing it all potentially could help others.

    Take care and remember breathing nice deep & often. It does help.

    Read the other day deep breathing helps with I think the frontal cortex or lobe that helps with rational thought. Rational was the crux but might have the wording wrong for what part of the brain gets activated.

    When we can direct our thinking we'll be more in control and in better head space I'd think.

    Take care ⚘🌱🕊

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  4. ecomama
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    3 October 2021 in reply to demonblaster

    Hey DB, nice to see this thread revived!

    Hey Haraldo and Coco F, warm welcome to the forums, it's great having new members on board and sharing!

    I liked reading your reminder, Haraldo, of depression being about the past and anxiety being about the future.

    I also liked how you practically described actions that are good enough for today! Absolutely agree 100%.
    I find just beginning a task, then doing it is great! Doesn't matter if it's not perfect. Getting it done is fine by me lol.

    Perfectionism is a huge paralyser. It's not worth keeping such relentlessly high standards because perfectionism is unrealistic.

    That topic and many others are covered beautifully in Brene Brown's podcast. Gosh some of those interviews are ones I recall and I smile about often.
    Another is 'sitting with your feelings'. So instead of resisting or 'fighting' or distracting ourselves, actually exploring them. I personify each emotion into friendly monsters. Have a talk with it. Thank it.

    Emotions seems to rest well then, miraculously!

    In this age with the possibility of becoming lost in social media and the news full stop, I've found quitting this of huge benefit to my MH.

    Knowing what we CAN control or what IS within our influence, then working within these parameters works to keep me achieving my goals.
    Placing all else outside and allowing those in charge to take care of that (whether they do or don't, it's not my issue to worry over).
    This is a Covey strategy, written many decades ago but more relevant now than ever!

    Saluting the sun and dawn is one of my favourite things to do each morning.
    Smiling as I greet a new day.
    Saying thankyou for whatever pops into my head.
    It's very calming and grounding.

    Being able to self regulate is a wonderful goal.

    Love EMxxxx

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