Anxiety & Stress: Steer stressful thoughts during a crisis (1-minute-read)

Anxiety & Stress: Steer stressful thoughts during a crisis

Here continues the first step in handling a crisis by using techniques to calm yourself down.

Something that is very important in times of crisis is to take control of your thoughts. Try to distance yourself or distract yourself from your stressful thoughts. This is difficult not the least because of the inherent tendency of the brain to look for dangers and threats, which is basically an overall healthy function to ensure survival. The brain just likes to solve the problems we encounter. Therefore, it is important to accept that worrying thoughts during a crisis will continue to emerge, especially as new threatening information surface.

At the same time, it is important to understand the nature of thoughts: The first thought cannot be controlled. It is generated by more or less conscious thoughts, feelings, impulses, stimuli and events. But you can learn to control the second thought – that is, if you want to go into the thought and think further about that theme or if you want to postpone the thought for later.

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