With anxiety it’s very easy to see each hurdle as a massive elephant sat in the middle of the road. To get past the elephant first we have to drive to it, get out of the car, say hello, get to know it and then finally it will move and we can pass. When we see it as a huge obstacle what we want to do instead is drive around it and that’s trespassing. Ok I got a bit carried away with the elephant analogy but what I’m saying is that if we break it down into steps then we see it as more manageable and therefore we don’t trespass (avoid it).
Let’s take a real life situation and break it down because I doubt that any of you are going to see an elephant sat in the middle of a road and even if you do I bet asking it to move won’t really work.
Worry: I’m really worried about going into science 5th lesson.
Breaking it down:
- Go into school,
- Go to all your other lessons that you aren’t worried about,
- Maybe go and talk to someone about your worries,
- Walk to the door,
- Go through the door, (notice how you really have to pick out every single detail)
- Walk to your desk,
- Sit down,
- Open your book,
- Get through 10 seconds,
- Get through 1 minuet,
- Keep breaking it down into minuets and before you know it the lesson will be over.
If we look at it broken down how much more manageable does it seem? Hopefully a lot.By taking any kind of situation 1 minuet at a time we can quickly realise how quickly and by how much our anxiety it going down.
I really hope you enjoyed this post if you did remember to give it a big like and try and practise this even when you don’t feel anxious so you can get into a bit of routine and then it will feel more natural when you are panicking.
Thanks for reading, Worry Warriors,
Win The Worry Wars.