Anxiety

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Anxiety

  1. 1. www.aframeofmind.ie
  2. 2. Content by Kay Murphy www.aframeofmind.ie www.aframeofmind.ie
  3. 3. What Exactly is Anxiety www.aframeofmind.ie
  4. 4. A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome www.aframeofmind.ie
  5. 5. Some Causes Stress in a family relationships and friendships Stress from school Trauma from events such as bullying www.aframeofmind.ie
  6. 6. Anxiety is a normal part of living. We can feel anxiety in our bodies. It helps us cope with danger (real and imagined) www.aframeofmind.ie
  7. 7. What Happens When We are Anxious We get stuck in our heads and think about everything that could go wrong. www.aframeofmind.ie
  8. 8. What Happens When We are Anxious An anxious brain is very creative and can come up with the most amazing worst- case scenarios www.aframeofmind.ie
  9. 9. Fight Flight Freeze Anxiety triggers something called the “fight-flight-freeze” response www.aframeofmind.ie
  10. 10. A lot of our anxiety is truly “in our heads” www.aframeofmind.ie
  11. 11. Thinking, thinking, thinking www.aframeofmind.ie
  12. 12. Worrying, worrying, worrying www.aframeofmind.ie
  13. 13. Chatter, chatter, chatter www.aframeofmind.ie
  14. 14. Lets try an activity as a coping mechanism www.aframeofmind.ie
  15. 15. Lets take a few deep breaths........ www.aframeofmind.ie
  16. 16. What three things I can hear? (clock on the wall, car going by, music in the next room, my breath) www.aframeofmind.ie
  17. 17. What three things I can see? (this table, that sign, that person walking by) www.aframeofmind.ie
  18. 18. What three things I can feel? (the chair under me, the floor under my feet, my phone in my pocket) www.aframeofmind.ie
  19. 19. Milton, 1667 The mind is its own place and can make a Heaven out of Hell, and a Hell of Heavenwww.aframeofmind.ie
  20. 20. www.aframeofmind.ie So we can train our brains to get better at certain things.
  21. 21. www.aframeofmind.ie Fitness training for the brain, like for the body, takes a bit of effort and a bit of self-discipline – but it pays off.
  22. 22. www.aframeofmind.ie As one brain scientist says “We can use our mind to change our brain to change our mind”.
  23. 23. www.aframeofmind.ie However, whilst the brain might be the seat of your mind, its hub, it is by no means the whole thing.
  24. 24. Be an Anxiety Detective www.aframeofmind.ie Click figure to explore how different parts of the body are affected by anxiety
  25. 25. Lets practice again www.aframeofmind.ie
  26. 26. Lets take a few deep breaths........ www.aframeofmind.ie
  27. 27. What three things I can hear? (clock on the wall, car going by, music in the next room, my breath) www.aframeofmind.ie
  28. 28. What three things I can see? (this table, that sign, that person walking by) www.aframeofmind.ie
  29. 29. What three things I can feel? (the chair under me, the floor under my feet, my phone in my pocket) www.aframeofmind.ie
  30. 30. Worrying in our minds & thoughts When we’re anxious, our thoughts tend to focus on all the bad things that might happen. We start to imagine the worst and worry! www.aframeofmind.ie
  31. 31. Ask yourself: What am I thinking right now? What am I worried about? What bad things do I expect to happen? www.aframeofmind.ie
  32. 32. What am I thinking right now? What am I worried about? What bad things do I expect to happen? www.aframeofmind.ie Situation 1 going to the dentist
  33. 33. What am I thinking right now? What am I worried about? What bad things do I expect to happen? www.aframeofmind.ie Situation 2 going to school
  34. 34. Quick thoughts or images enter our mind almost automatically. Self Talk, Talking in our Heads www.aframeofmind.ie
  35. 35. www.aframeofmind.ie These thoughts and images happen so fast that they are called automatic thoughts.
  36. 36. Automatic thoughts are part of our self-talk. Often we are not even aware that we have them. www.aframeofmind.ie
  37. 37. Just because you think something doesn’t mean it’s true. Don’t believe everything you think! www.aframeofmind.ie
  38. 38. Anxiety can become a problem if... www.aframeofmind.ie
  39. 39. Anxiety can become a problem if... Anxiety happens when there is no real danger www.aframeofmind.ie
  40. 40. Anxiety can become a problem if... Anxiety happens a lot and feels normal www.aframeofmind.ie
  41. 41. Anxiety can become a problem if... Anxiety feels pretty intense www.aframeofmind.ie
  42. 42. Anxiety can become a problem if... Anxiety stops you from doing fun and important things that you want to do www.aframeofmind.ie
  43. 43. What is a panic attack? www.aframeofmind.ie
  44. 44. Panic attacks happen when we are NOT under (real) threat! www.aframeofmind.ie
  45. 45. Panic attacks happen when… Our fight or flight response is triggered it causes lots of very quick changes in the body, much of them caused by a huge release of adrenaline. www.aframeofmind.ie
  46. 46. Our heart beats faster and our breathing increases to get more oxygen to our muscles, we may start to shake or our muscles get twitchy to prepare us for action. www.aframeofmind.ie Panic attacks happen when…
  47. 47. Quiz Time www.aframeofmind.ie
  48. 48. Quiz Time www.aframeofmind.ie Yes No Some- times 1 Do you worry a lot about the future or bad things happening (for example, illness, getting hurt or sick, going to a match)? 2 Do you often feel restless or on edge? 3 Do you have trouble sleeping because your mind is racing with thoughts? 4 Do you experience a lot of headaches or stomach aches? 5 Do you often experience nightmares? 6 Do you often feel uncomfortable in social situations or when talking to unfamiliar people (for example, going to a party, meeting new people)? 7 Do you spend a lot of time worrying about what other people think about you?
  49. 49. Quiz Time continued.. www.aframeofmind.ie Yes No Some- times 8 Do you spend at least an hour a day repeating things, such as washing, checking, arranging, or counting? 9 Do you spend a lot of time trying to make things perfect? 10 Do you have sudden rushes of intense fear or anxiety? 11 Are you afraid to be alone or do things on your own? 12 Do you have a strong fear of specific situations or things, such as blood, needles, heights, water, small spaces, flying, animals, or insects? 13 Do you often avoid going places or doing things because you feel anxious? Total
  50. 50. If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may have a problem with anxiety. This is not something to worry about as there are many strategies to cope. These lessons can give you some ideas about how to manage your and overcome your anxiety. www.aframeofmind.ie
  51. 51. It can also be helpful to talk to your parents or doctor, or get support from your schools guidance counsellor. www.aframeofmind.ie
  52. 52. Well Done! www.aframeofmind.ie

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