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How to I keep myself from thinking too much about my anxiety?

18 Answers
Last Updated: 11/01/2021 at 8:08pm
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Top Rated Answers
May 11th, 2016 10:03pm
Telling you to control your thoughts or diverting your energy is useless advice. One thing perfect which is perfect is chilling out? Giving yourself a break from whatever you're thinking? Stop finding solutions to something you feel incapable to solve. Its okay. We're only humans. Just cut yourself some slack. Don't question about how, when and what happened that put you in this anxiety. Because the truth is, the answer is unknown and you don't have to be stuck up on it until you find a definitive solution. Just let it go because its to hot and messy and no, it is not your job to worry about it day and night. In short, walk away.
January 14th, 2015 6:56am
I try to focus on the matter at hand, instead of all the ways I could mess it up. It helps me stay positive.
February 17th, 2015 6:31pm
Distract yourself. That's the only immediate solution. Try to calm yourself down if you feel yourself tensing up, imagine yourself in a different area. It's different for everybody.
April 1st, 2015 6:51pm
Distract yourself with something you love doing. This could be anything, riding a skateboard, watching a movie, talking to a friend. Personally, I find listening to music very helpful.
June 1st, 2015 12:55am
Try to think other else, try to do something new, try to talk with new people, try to control your anxiety and you should know that anxiety is bad
July 20th, 2015 9:48am
Try to define the reasons for your anxiety and how you could tackle these. You can also try to focus on other things that make you happy, through which you can reward yourself.
August 10th, 2015 3:53am
Try distracting yourself! If you feel yourself starting to think about it, listen to music or read a book/magazine. You could also try video games or watching a tv show, playing a game. Anything really that will keep your attention away from your head.
September 7th, 2015 4:40am
One of the biggest things about anxiety is loss of breath, so instead of focusing on how anxious you feel focus on taking deep breaths. The more you focus on your breathing the less you will focus on the anxiety that you're feeling at that time.
September 8th, 2015 8:47pm
Often it's helpful to have a range of activities that do not cause anxiety that you can use as a distraction eg. Watching a favourite show or reading a book. It is also helpful to build up relationships with others who are supportive but are not just about helping you manage your anxiety so just regular friendships.
September 28th, 2015 10:20am
The only way to do so is by accepting your own self and your current situation. Fears and Anxiety are a part of life and only by this method you can overcome them.
December 14th, 2015 9:43pm
I keep myself from thinking too much about my anxiety by keeping my mouth and ears busy! Relaxing music, and chewing gum/sucking on candy that you like can really be a big help. Teas and mint can also really help relax you. MAybe take a bath, or curl up with a good book. The way to keep yourself from not thinking about your anxiety is to take time yourself to relax, or to have a lot of fun with people you know and love, or even by yourself! Hope this helps. :)
May 10th, 2016 11:13pm
Focus all your thinking by dividing them into tiny categories , think about a certain category and connect the dots between subjects .
February 6th, 2017 7:53am
Remember to think about life day by day and not look into the future. Once you realize you can help yourself in the short term, it'll permanently affect you in the long term. Do small things like meditation or think of your favorite food every time you feel anxious and over time you will grow accustomed to these habits.
July 18th, 2017 12:32am
Find something to focus on that isn't emotionally charged. Something soothing and simple, such as watching cat videos on YouTube, reading, or lying down for a few minutes. Another option is to try to narrow down all your anxieties to something small, like the face of a clock on a watch. Imagine that your anxieties are that small, and with each passing second they just tick away with time.
January 8th, 2018 9:59am
I have a couple hobbies, like writing, reading, and gaming. But I also do take medication, it does help. If I'm in a bad situation, I sit down in a comfortable position, and use some breathing techniques that I know. Then if I'm alone, I'll use something like this app. Or if I'm with someone, I'll just hug them and cry as much as I need to. It's good to cry sometimes. Then after I'm better, I go to sleep, or relax and play some games.
February 13th, 2018 12:53pm
Find things to do that will take your mind off. Go out and spend time with other people. Find a place in your community where you can volunteer and help others.
March 18th, 2019 5:24pm
To help keep your mind off of thinking too much and anxiety, it is good to have coping skills that work for you. It could be deep breathing, art, exercise, meditation, going for a walk, talking to someone, reading, and more. Find things that are helpful and productive for you to take your mind off things. Not everyone is going to have the same coping skills and that is okay. It is also important to be aware that not everything is going to work for you. You may have to try a few things before finding what works best for you and your needs.
November 1st, 2021 8:08pm
Try thinking of all the things that make you feel light, happy, relaxed or connected. Make a list of those situations / activities. It can be anything, a hobby, some sport you’re enjoying, a favourite book or movie, a place you like to visit. When your thoughts start revolving around anxiety, try shifting them to positive experiences you’ve had, or just start doing whatever makes you feel calm and in control. Over time, your confidence will grow and you will have a repository of lived through situations that have made you empowered rather than at mercy of your anxiety.