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Dr. Julie

Clinical Psychologist

Worried? Here is some help:

1.  Be where your feet are.  Try to get out of your head, and reacquaint yourself with your physical body.  Engage your senses: What do you smell? What are your feet doing? What do you see? What do you hear?  Feeling grounded and body-focused, will calm you down.

2.  Focus your attention on your current situation, and let go of ruminating about the past, or forecasting fear in your future.  Imagine yourself in your car, and looking down the road.  Don’t look too far, or you will miss what is in front of you.  Focus too intensely on the rear-view mirror, and you will also miss what is in front of you.

3.  Distraction can be useful; fidget toys, getting outside, coloring, knitting, games.  Here, remember you don’t want to pick a distraction that could trigger more negative feelings (Facebook? Shopping when you can’t afford it?).

4.  Reaching out and connecting to another person can help manage anxiety.  Fear thrives on loneliness and isolation, so feeling part of a community, and experiencing some warmth and connection can help.  Yes, this may call for some vulnerability, but if you can reach out, you may be surprised how much better you feel.

5.  Remind yourself that these anxious feelings will end.  One of the strategies for overcoming fears is to keep track of your anxiety, and you will learn that there is a beginning, a peak intensity, and then it will fade.  Intuitively, you know this is true, because you have likely experienced this somewhere in your life.

6.  Perspective taking is another useful thinking strategy.  Will this matter in 5 months? 5 years?  For many, parenting is a long lesson in perspective taking.  The issues that were ‘so important’ when they were toddlers and babies become amusing anecdotes as your children get older, and then you really have issues that are ‘so important.’