What is the theory behind this Accepting anxiety worksheet?
People often seek therapy in hopes of eliminating their anxiety altogether so that they can avoid its unpleasant repercussions. In reality, the first step towards coping with anxiety begins with its acceptance. Anxiety brings along a host of distressing physical, emotional and mental symptoms in response to certain triggers. The understanding of those triggers and the resulting chain reaction can empower an individual to face their anxiety as opposed to making it worse by repeatedly avoiding it,
How will the worksheet help?
The worksheet will help individuals in understanding their anxiety better through a series of questions. It is a form of journaling which can help them face their anxiety instead of avoiding it all together. It will help them see patterns and look at their anxious chain reaction from a broader perspective.
How to use the worksheet?
Use this worksheet whenever you feel anxious thoughts and feelings coming through. Answer the questions and reflect on your responses. Focus on what your anxiety is trying to tell you and what factors in your environment are under your control to tackle it in the best way. A lot of times our anxiety can serve as a motivator to get things done.
Accepting anxiety worksheet
Use this table to record information related to your anxiety. Remember avoiding your anxiety makes it worse.
What is the situation?
How am I feeling?
What am I thinking?
What is my anxiety telling me?
|What can I do among the things that are in my control to lessen my anxiety?||How can I use my anxiety to my advantage?|
Bernard, S. (2021). Acceptance – the first step for managing anxiety. Retrieved November 26 2022 from https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk
You can download this worksheet here.