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Managing Perfectionism

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Check your self-talk

How you talk to yourself about anxiety will affect you.

When you start to worry about something, ask yourself if it is a realistic possibility.

  • If the answer is no, try to redirect your thinking to the present.
  • If the answer is yes, it is helpful to make a plan to cope, for example, restocking your emergency supplies. Then, set your thoughts aside. You've done what you can.

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Symptoms of anticipatory anxiety

With anticipatory anxiety, you may spend many hours imagining the worst-case scenario.
Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Trouble managing emotions
  • Emotional numbness
  • Loss of interest in your usual hobbies
  • Restlessness

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Anticipatory anxiety as a symptom

Anticipatory anxiety can appear as a symptom of generalised anxiety disorder.

Other conditions can also involve a fear of possible future events:

  • Social anxiety disorder involves an extreme fear of rejection.
  • A specific phobia...

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Take care of physical needs

Your physical wellness can impact your emotional health.

  • Nutrition: If your symptoms include a nervous stomach, you may find it hard to eat, and that can make you feel even worse.
  • Sleep: Anxiety can make it difficult to get pro...

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Medication

Medication may help improve symptoms, especially when combined with therapy.

Medication may be recommended if your symptoms:

  • make it difficult to cope in your daily life
  • prevent you from making progress in therapy
  • cause serious distress
  • ...

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Talk about it

It's often not easy to talk about what you're afraid of, but voicing those fears can help them seem less scary.

Letting loved ones know about your anxiety can also help, especially if you feel isolated because of your symptoms. Friends can offer support by listening and pr...

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Therapy

If your own coping strategies are not helping, you could explore professional help. A therapist can help to find sources of stress and help to address possible causes. They can also help you identify harmful or less effective coping methods.

Therapists may recommend cognit...

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Anticipatory anxiety

Anticipatory anxiety

Anticipatory anxiety is worrying about the bad things that could happen. The anxiety typically focuses on things you can't control or predict.

While fears are normal, they can become signs of anticipatory anxiety if they start to interfere with your daily life.

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Find your yes

Find your yes

Before you can become good at saying no, you have to know what you're saying yes to when you're saying no. Every opportunity that you pass with a no is really saying yes to something else. 

And if you feel like saying yes, ask for time to think about it before providing an answer. It...

Feel and express your emotions

Until we fully release our emotions, they continue to affect our present mindset.

  • Do anger work. Allow yourself to be fully disappointed, sad or depressed. Talk about it.
  • Write a letter. Purging emotions out on paper give them a place to live outside of yourself.

Squash negative self-talk

There’s nothing wrong with feeling bad about how someone is treating you, but your self-talk (the thoughts you have about your feelings) can either intensify the negativity or help you move past it. 

Avoid negative self-talk at all costs.

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