[serious] how do you deal with anticipation anxiety?

[serious] how do you deal with anticipation anxiety?

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  1. I used to get this kind of anxiety all the time. I would have to sit in peace and quite or outside gardening to get rid of it. My best times are using a singing bowl and just allowing the energy vibration hit me in waves.

  2. If it’s for something fun – enjoy it! If it’s a competition then you know you’re body and mind is ready

    If it’s for something not fun, you need to distract yourself. Favourite TV, go for a walk, do a hobby etc. You can also write down the ways that you’re going to cope with it. For example the dentist. you know where to park, how long it will take to get there. it will hurt a bit, and you can always tell her to stop. and then you will drive home. that’s it. that’s the worst that will happen, so you don’t need to worry ‘what if’ any more. you’ve processed it 🙂

  3. Depending on what it is, I shift my focus to the smallest part of the thing I have to do. For example, if I had to give a presentation at work, I would focus on looking very presentable (for lack of a better word), after that I would focus on getting my notes in order and making sure I have everything, etc. Just giving all my attention to the next step in front of me.

  4. Run through every possible scenario and how you’d deal with it. Make a plan for how you’ll cope with worst case scenario if it happens, including having a sort of “survival kit” ready (ex. Have favourite snacks in the fridge, give a friend heads up you may need to reach out, have tea on hand and kettle filled to boil, have a movie picked to watch, etc.) so if you end up exhausted you’re ready. Make sure to look at best case scenario too to remind yourself why whatever you’re doing is worth doing despite the anxiety and the positive that can come from it

    Feeling prepared takes away a lot of the anxiety in the moment so even if you can’t destress first you feel calmer in the moment.

    Distractions help a lot too, but giving yourself some affirmations to repeat can be great for when your “what ifs” pop into your head (like “I can do this”, “whatever happens I’ll be ok”, etc).

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