I had a bunch of errands to run this morning. And, let’s face it, I don’t always do well when I am out of the house. Today, thankfully, I was fine, but there are times that anxiety overtakes me.
Those times, I need tools I’ve learned to save me. I always carry a small journal in my purse and a few pens. In my experience, there is usually somewhere to sit nearby that I can take a breather and write a little bit, even if it is just in my car. Along the same lines as the journal, I like to thought challenge. What exactly am I anxious about? What can I do to play devil’s advocate to myself and challenge what I am anxious about? If I feel judged, I can thought challenge that and ask myself why I care what other people think, or tell myself that people usually are too wrapped up in what they are doing to judge other people.
Another tool that I use is deep breathing. In through the nose, count to 3, out through the mouth while counting to 5. Science has shown that deep breathing can alter how your body is reacting to stress.
Last and not least, I may remove myself from the situation. This is last choice. I have to realize that sometimes, I cannot deal with certain situations. This does not make me weak, it makes me intelligent in that I am able to recognize my limits.
What do you do when you are having a bad time out in public?
If you don’t have any mental health issues, what thoughts do you have when you are out and about and get overwhelmed or stressed?
Any advice? Comment away!