Teens: How do you learn to cope up your anxiety? Activity 40
Dr Gowher Yusuf
Hal 3rd stage, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Source: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Lisa M, SCHAB, LCSW
Sometimes it is hard to keep from feeling anxious when people you know or love are feeling anxious. But taking on other people’s problems only raises your own anxiety even higher and makes you more vulnerable to becoming overwhelmed.
Ø Think of a situation in which you feel anxious about someone else’s problems. Draw a picture of yourself and that person. Draw your heart to symbolize your caring of them. Then use lines, colours, or shapes to show the anxiety that surrounds the two of you.
Ø Draw another picture of yourself and that person when you have separated yourself from the problems. Again draw your heart to symbolize your caring, but this time uses lines, colours or shapes to show that the anxiety is a good distance away from you. Draw a heavy line or barrier between yourself and the anxiety.
1) Describe how you feel in the first picture?
2) Does your feeling anxious help the other person at all? Yes/No
3) Describe how you feel in the second picture?
4) Does your not feeling anxious hurt the other person in any way? Yes/No
5) Look at your heart in both the pictures. How do you think feeling the other person’s anxiety effects your ability to care about them?