Fuel for Anxiety

Fuel for Anxiety

Cognitive psychologists have found that the process of identifying and disputing irrational thoughts is a very effective way to short-circuit the anxiety cycle so we can regain our equilibrium, think more clearly, and feel a lot better.

So the next time you’re feeling anxious, walk yourself through these three steps.

  1. Remind yourself that anxiety naturally fuels irrational thoughts that then reinforce the anxiety. Ask yourself if that’s happening to you.
  2. Identify the anxiety-driven thoughts. “I’m telling myself that I know the doctor is going to give me bad news. That sounds like my anxiety talking.”
  3. Challenge the faulty reasoning. “Do I really have enough evidence to be so sure? What are some of the other possibilities?”
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