Anxiety is something I handle with clients on a regular basis. It can be something I handle as an issue of its own or something that can be a symptom of another problem in a person’s life. The bottom line is that anxiety can really rob a person of daily peace. Sometimes I call a symptom of anxiety “bully thoughts” which is when there can be excessive worry about what could go wrong, extreme needs for perfection, and unrealistic catastrophizing (believing that the worst is going to happen) etc. So, what do you do about it?
Well, there can be a lot of unique solutions but one technique to help manage your excessive worry is what I call the worry box. This is something you can try if you feel like you need a technique to help you:
The Worry Box
Allow yourself to worry on purpose for 15 minutes each day
Set a specific time and use a timer
Worry about anything and everything!
Tell yourself during that time all things go…
Rehearse the worst case scenarios.
This is a time when you can allow yourself to purposefully think about the worst possible case scenarios in your mind
Let your thoughts run wild!
Get creative in your processing.
You can journal, pace or just think but worry on purpose. Some people like to draw the worst case scenarios.
Use this space as a sort of BOX for your worry!
This can be a buffer during the day. Remind yourself will have time to worry about everything tonight, in an hour, in the morning etc.
Believe it or not this works for many clients! It can be a helpful way to help manage this issue rather than the issue managing you. You can have control over your thoughts. You don’t have to live with your anxiety forever. Whether there are solutions through medications to cure chemical imbalances or relaxation techniques to help you manage stress healing is possible.
If you would like to scheduled a session, feel free to contact Flourish Counseling Co. at 407-630-7529 or schedule immediately with us online at www.flourishcounseling.co.
About the Author
Cristina Ally, LMHC, is the owner of Flourish Counseling Co. in Winter Park, Florida. She specializes in women’s issues, sexual abuse recovery and diabetic lifestyle adjustment. She has helped countless individuals and families reach optimal mental and emotional health by providing counseling and trauma resolution in the Orlando area since 2015. She is currently the President of the Mental Health Counselors of Central Florida and is a passionate advocate for mental health.