Questions to ask yourself when anxious

Here are some questions to ask yourself to analyse your anxiety, taken from the Blindboy Podcast. Go listen to the full episode, which explains these in more detail.

  1. Am I jumping to the worst possible conclusion?
  2. Am I thinking in extreme black and white terms?
  3. Am I using words like always/ never to draw conclusions from a specific event?
  4. Am I predicting the future instead of waiting to see what happens?
  5. Am I jumping to conclusions about what other people think of me?
  6. Am I focusing only on the negative information and ignoring the positive?
  7. Am I discounting positive information or twisting positive into a negative?
  8. Am I globally putting myself down as a failure or useless?
  9. Am I listening too much to my negative gut feelings instead of looking at objective facts?
  10. Am I taking an event or someone's behaviour too personally?
  11. Am I using words like should or must or ought to make rules about the world or how I'm treated?
  12. Am I telling myself that something is too difficult when actually its bearable and worth it?

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