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Teens: How do you learn to cope up your anxiety? Activity 17 & 18

Dr Gowher Yusuf

Dr Gowher Yusuf

  Hal 3rd stage, Bengaluru     Jan 27, 2017

   1 min     


Activity 17

People send mental messages to themselves all throughout the day. These messages are called “affirmations because they affirm and reinforce ideas. Sending yourself negative affirmations will increase your anxiety level. Sending yourself positive affirmations will help you to feel more peaceful.

Pay attention to your own affirmations for the next two days. Using the chart below, record the messages you hear, how many times you hear them in one day, and whether they are negative or positive. Then rewrite any negative messages, changing them to positive.


My Affirmation
Times  Heard
Negative or positive
New message


1.Look at you first list of affirmations. Tell how long you have been sending yourself these messages and where you think you first got these ideas.

2.Describe how these messages affect your anxiety level.

3.Describe how each of the rewritten positive messages affects your anxiety level.

4.Changing affirmations doesn’t happen overnight. Many of them may have been with you since you were very young and will take a while to change. Sometimes people feel a little anxious about changing their affirmations. Describe any concerns you have and tell why.

5.If you never changed your negative affirmations, how do you think they would continue to affect your anxiety level?


Activity 18

You can reduce feelings of anxiety by using serenity, courage and wisdom. That means you step back and evaluate the situation you are in; determine the difference between the things you can and cannot change, and then act on your knowledge.

1.Describe a situation that you have been feeling anxious about in your own life lately.

2.Think about the situation carefully and realistically. List the things that you can actually change about this situation.

3.List the things that you really cannot change.

4.How will it affect your life if you accept the things you cannot change?

5.Are you able to feel serene about it? Tell why or why not?

6.Do you have the courage to change the things you can change? Tell why or why not?

7.What might help you to feel more courageous? 


Tags:  anxiety, stress, depression, Mental Health, ,

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