Unwind your mind – A guide on how to manage anxiety and worry
Buzz Manchester Health & Wellbeing Service
Some stressful situations include:
There are different types of anxiety
Your body symptoms are – can’t sleep, heart racing, chest pain, shortness of breath, blurry vision, feel sick, headaches, tired, forgetful, tearful, sweating, shaking
Causes of anxiety
Anxiety can stem from early childhood experiences or develop gradually at some point in their life.
Anxiety can become a long-term problem because things that happen in your life and past experiences all have an affect on your thoughts, emotions, your body and your behaviour like a ripple effect.
A thought diary can help you figure out what you are thinking and make you more aware of what your thoughts are and how they affect you, more details can be seen on pg. 11 of the guide.
Treat your anxiety
Your thoughts are messages from your brain. They are often random and automatic.
When you have an unhelpful thought learn to do one of the four D’s
Remember, anxiety and worry are a normal part of everyday life
Six steps to problem solving
Looking after yourself
You can look after yourself in many ways. The skill of looking after you and paying attention to your needs is important.
Get a routine
Looking after yourself
Connect – building bonds with people can help you feel supported and it can also allow you to feel closer to others.
Give – this is about doing something nice for others. Helping others can make you feel good about yourself.
Keep learning – Learn or rediscover skills. It builds confidence and esteem. You will feel more able to come with life
Take notice – noticing the world around you can put things in perspective and brighten your day
Ask for help if you need it – Don’t be ashamed to ask for emotional or practical help and support when you need it.
It is a sign of strength not weakness.
For a full guide visit: https://d1jw0l0b625fbx.cloudfront.net/docs/Unwind-Your-Mind-December-2016.pdf
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