Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
- Planning Your Information Diet
- My Spheres of Influence Worksheet
- Practical Wisdom for Tolerating Uncertainty
- Reducing Anxiety With Thought Challenging
- Reducing Anxiety Through Distraction Activities
- Starting a Planning Practice
- Starting a Daily Gratitude Practice
- Starting a Daily Breathing Practice
- Improving the Quality of Your Social Connections
- Developing a Regular Exercise Routine
- Creating Your Stress-Resilience Action Plan
- Further Resources
Core Beliefs Inventory
From early on, we root ourselves in ideas about ourselves, others, and the world around us. Such beliefs impact our emotional states and influence the ways we respond to something or someone. When the beliefs are used unconsciously they might make us feel stuck, conflicted, anxious, depressed, unfit, overachieving, and so on. To understand the impact of the belief system that was developed throughout our life, we want to question the congruity of such beliefs with the vision of the person we would like to be. The first step is to identify such beliefs and explore the areas of life where they’re coming from. The next step is to connect with a trusted therapist to help further understand the connection between the beliefs and your emotional states, and, thus, to help reach a fuller potential.
Why is it healthy to identify our emotions and make it a practice?
Sarah Schuster in her article ‘The Emotion Chart’ explains: “Feelings you don’t feel don’t simply go away. They don’t seep into the ground never to return again. In fact, it’s more like the water cycle. Whatever the earth absorbs eventually comes back as rain. Except in this version of the water cycle, the more water that goes unused and unprocessed, the bigger the storm. Water you ignore comes back with fury, demanding your attention, raining big, angry drops on your head.”
The cyclical nature of repressed emotions could manifest in physical sensations like pain/tension, poor concentration due to the brain working hard to shield against painful/unpleasant emotions, little triggers being a cause of acute emotional distress.
Identifying emotions could help us to:
~ Connect to our heart and feel the emotion >>> lessen the pressure from the mind that does intellectual/logical processing
~ Learn how to deal with our emotions because we already identified what emotions need to be addressed
~ Find the language for emotional expression >>> help people around to understand us better and get the support we may need
~ Address distressful emotions as they come instead of accumulating them >>> to create a space for lighter emotions to take place
Here I’m discussing the signs and symptoms of anxiety in children, the acute needs of children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by sharing the skills, tools, and ways of connecting to best support children experiencing anxiety during uncertain times as well as ourselves.