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Anxiety Tools

So often in stories characters struggle with anxiety on their own, without the support of therapists, doctors, or psychiatrists. This makes me think that a lot of people in the real world are struggling on their own, without the kind of support that has made such a difference in my own life. Here I am sharing some of my personal tools for dealing with anxiety in the hope that people will understand the sorts of things that are possible with good quality medical care.

Everyone deserves access to quality mental health care. If you are struggling on your own and you have access to mental health care, I hope that you give it a try. And if the first person you work with isn’t helping, please keep searching until you find someone who can give you the support that you deserve.

For me these tools are also kinda like a diary. I’m writing them down to help myself in moments of struggle. In addition, I’m writing them down to help those people who are supporting me, so that they have tools that helps them know what to do when I’m really struggling.

Also, for those storytellers out there, I hope that these tools remind you of the importance of showing characters getting medical help for their mental health struggles. Having support doesn’t make the struggles go away, but it does make it easier by giving people more tools to work with. I’m also really hoping that folks will learn that there is more to mental health care than medication and talking about your feelings.

An orange tabby with their face down in their two front paws, which are pulled in tight.

 

 

Tool Sets

These are the tool sets that I am currently writing.

 

Orienting

The goal of this tool set is to help the nervous system connect to the present moment. The way I understand it is that when people are upset, their mind is usually focusing on the past or future. Helping the nervous system connect to the present helps it calm down. I find that these tools are helpful during stressful moments, but they can also can be used at other times to increase calm and relaxation. For example, I often use these tools to help myself get more sleepy at bedtime.

 

Calming Down After a Stressful Event: Coming soon!

After something stressful occurs, like needing to troubleshoot a computer problem, it feels is like the fear gets trapped inside my body and my mind gets stuck in a fearful place. Even though the stressful event is over, my brain and body aren’t calming down. These are the tools I use to help myself shift to a better place, both physically and mentally.

 

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