Spirals can be beautiful to see and touch. Staircases, shells, labyrinths, art work. But anxious mind spirals are not beautiful. They suck our energy, scare us, and can last for a long, long, long time.
Anxious mind spirals are when our thoughts start to ramp up and bring us down. Our thoughts keep leading from one negative thought to the next, and one might feel trapped in the anxiety and negativity. It’s kind of like punching yourself in the face over and over again, and it feels like you can’t stop. Brutal!
If you are catching yourself getting caught in a spiral, here a few things you can do.
1. Name it. This is an anxiety spiral. Awareness is the first step to making changes.
2. Breathe into it. Take some deep breaths and remind yourself this will pass.
3. Remind yourself. You are not a mind reader or fortune teller, and all this forecasting isn’t helping you.
4. Be present. Bring yourself into the room and out of your head. Name everything you see in great detail.
5. Empower yourself. Am I going to sit with this all day or am I going to use my time in the way I want to?
6. Stop feeding the spiral with your thoughts. When you have a thought label it as a thought and not a truth.
7. If you can’t stop, change scenes and move. Whether it be dropping to the ground to count how many push ups you can do or going outside and walking briskly around your neighborhood, you can reset your system by moving your body and moving locations.
We all have a lot to learn from one another. Any tips you have for getting out of an anxiety spiral?