How to Make ‘Friends’ with Anxiety: A Simple Technique to Gain Perspective

How to Make ‘Friends’ with Anxiety: A Simple Technique to Gain Perspective

The anxiety mechanism Whenever I find myself in a situation where anxious thoughts start taking over, I remind myself that all is well. Perspective By giving the anxious thought a role to play, I often find the severity of the emotion tied to the thought diminishes. Gratitude Chatting with Nancy like she’s a well-intentioned, but slightly excitable, friend helps me reorient the experience of anxiety. Don’t skip this step, as naming the anxious thoughts can help you disidentify with them. Create thought buckets Preemptively decide what kind of thoughts belong to your anxiety doppelgänger and which ones belong to you.

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