Identifying Anxious Thoughts (COD Lesson)
Anxiety changes the way you think and feel. When you are feeling anxious, it is easier to look at everything with a negative view and imagine unpleasant and frightening things are going to happen. This pattern of thinking makes you even more anxious.
We all look ahead, down the road, and into the future a bit, planning our days, looking forward to the good things, and watching for potential problems and obstacles. With anxious thinking, the balance between anticipating the positive and expecting the worst leans heavily toward the negative. Unrealistic and negative thinking can needlessly trigger anxiety and slow down recovery. In this lesson you will develop skills to identify avoidance patterns and face your fears.