Updated: Jan 28
As a keeper, you may be worried about the next hospital visit, the next crisis or about other important areas in your life such as work, relationships and finances
Experiencing anxiety is very common. You may even be worried about what others are thinking of you and maybe concerned about people judging you.
Some common anxiety disorders are Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Health Anxiety and Panic Disorder.
You may be experiencing intense physical symptoms of anxiety leading to panic attacks. Gaining understanding about what your experiencing can lead to you getting the right help.
Let's Break it Down
As a Keeper, you often have to deal with uncertain, unexpected and unpredictable situations. However, our attitude towards dealing with these situations will affect how we cope.
A common attitude in life is feeling unable to deal with uncertainty, as humans like to predict what is going to happen to next. This may lead to us trying to avoid uncertain situations or using unhelpful strategies to manage our fear about these situations being unbearable.
We may hold attitudes and beliefs such as ‘I can’t deal with not knowing what will happen next’, ‘I need to prepare for the worst or all situations’.
Such beliefs fuel excessive worry as they may lead us to believe that ‘Worrying helps me prepare for the worst’ ‘Worrying helps me to solve problems’ ‘Worrying makes things more predictable’.
In reality- Does worrying make things more certain or predictable? What in life is actually certain? Does worrying make you any more prepared?
What are some things we can try
Letting go of worries is not always easy and techniques such as Mindfulness can help to increase our self-awareness and shift our focus of attention onto something else. Problem-solving can help us to create solutions to our worries can be useful for a number of scenarios.
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