So pleased there are so many of you posting your tips for coping / managing anxiety.
Many thanks to Jill G, Chloe111, Shirty, Annie-1, Tread and anyone else I've missed.
Managing anxiety is an ongoing lifestyle. It's taken me sometime to realise that just when I think I have anxiety beaten, it jumps up to say, NO.
Once I began to accept that, I've found it a little easier to manage. One of the biggest things for me is to -
change the stories I'm telling myself. Often I need the help of others to challenge my thinking. E.g. Stories like -
my hubby doesn't like the way I hang out his socks. Therefore, I'm useless, good for nothing. Blah, Off I go.
I now change it to - hubby has such a good way of hanging the socks. They dry quicker. He certainly isn't giving me a hard time at all.
Find the cause of the anxiety. For me there is always something I've thought about - Usually my inner critic telling me how worthless I am.
Then change the story the inner critic is saying to something more realistic. Talk it through with someone to help get it clearer in your mind.
For those of you who are having troubles in the morning. Do you know why? No pressure to answer, just something for you to think about.