Tip #8: If you feel a new sensation that is linked to anxiety, write down in detail exactly how it feels.
The why: If your anxiety is reoccurring, it can throw a lot of new and strange physical sensations at you. The sudden onset of an unknown physical symptom can send your body into a panic at the quick change.
Once whilst out to dinner with some friends (read: eating take away at home alone) my little toe began to feel warm and itchy. Immediately I had the following conversation with my friends (read: myself):
“Oh no, I’m itchy. I must be having an allergic reaction to the salad (read: pizza) I’m eating. Something’s 100% definitely very wrong.”
Looking back this line of thought was ridiculous, but nevertheless, it sent me into quite the spiral of doom. So, I wrote it down. A few weeks later, the same sensation arose, and this time I knew what it was, and that it wouldn’t harm me. This time, I was prepared.
If you document or journal these new sensations, then the next time they strike, you can look back through your notes and know what you’re up against. When dealing with anxiety, knowing yourself and what’s normal for you is key.
This method allows you to know your body well, and learn all its cute little quirks (and by cute little quirks I of course mean, little quirks that make you think you need to begin planning your funeral). So, you know that if you feel it again, you’ve survived it before, and it’s going to be okay.
Know thyself. Knowledge is power against anxiety.