Teens: How do you learn to cope up your anxiety? Activity 5 & 6
Dr Gowher Yusuf
Hal 3rd stage, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Source: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Lisa M, SCHAB, LCSW
The way you experience anxiety may be different from the way your friend or relative experiences it. Increasing your awareness of how you experience anxiety can help you to manage it.
Think about the ways you experience anxiety. In the picture, make notes or marks on the parts of the body where you feel anxiety symptoms. Use different textures, lines or shading to help express your feelings more precisely.
Were you able to remember what anxiety feels like for you? If not, pay attention to how you experience anxiety over the next week, and then repeat this exercise when you have more information about yourself.
1.When was it like trying to show your feelings in the picture?
2.When you look back your body outline again, what are your thoughts and feelings about how you experience anxiety?
3.According to the picture, where and how do you feel anxiety at the most?
4.How do you think noticing your symptoms when they first begin might be helpful for you?
When you understand the thoughts and situations that trigger feelings of anxiety within you, you can better help yourself to prevent and manage it. A behaviour log can help you learn about your anxiety patterns.
The behaviour log gives you a place to record observations about the times you feel anxious. Make as many copies as you need and use them to record information about your feelings of anxiety for at least one week.
Name: __________________ Week of: ______________________
|Day||Time||Situation||What I’m thinking||My anxiety level|
| || || || || |
After you have filled out the behaviour log for a week, answer the following questions:
1.What was it like to pay attention to your feelings of anxiety by keeping this log?
2.Did keeping the log to make you more or less anxious? Why?
3.Look back over your log. Describe any patterns you notice over time?
4.Describe any new information you have learned about yourself from keeping this log?
5.How can you use this log to help you understand and manage your feelings of anxiety?