Good Morning Peaches!
As you know, I am learning to manage and alleviate extreme anxiety. One thing that has helped is finally and sadly switching to decaf. Ugh, I did not want to do this because I love regular coffee but my nerves can no longer take it so I had to switch. 😦 This is ridiculous but I actually put it off for a long time because Jason and I both drink coffee at the same time every morning and it would be a lot of trouble to brew both. So, I went and did the only logical thing and bought two coffee makers!
But on a more serious note (although I bet you will feel less anxious drinking decaf), today I want to share with you the 5 Thinking Hats Technique. A big part of our anxiety is that we are unable to live in the moment, we are always thinking about the future or the past. The 5 Thinking Hats Technique is something I learned from recoveryformula.com and have found it amazingly helpful. The purpose of this technique is to bring you into the present. You will be so amazed at how much better you feel just by being mindful of the present moment! It’s so simple and it works.
All you do is when you feel anxiety symptoms coming on, identify five things in the room. Then identify four things you can feel, three things you can hear, two things you can smell. Then think of one good thing about yourself.
Easy! Here is a cheat sheet.
This has been a blessing to me and I hope it is to any of you anxiety sufferers out there as well. Let me know if you try it!
Peace to your Monday,
Have you tried the 5 Thinking Hats Technique?