‘Categories’ is a great way to help reduce anxiety. Though the mental exercise is not going to completely eradicate your anxiety, it will definitely help if you practice the exercise frequently.
It’s a really simple technique to remember when anxiety strikes. Essentially you are just naming as much of a topic as you can.
HOW ‘CATEGORIES’ WORKS
Ideally, you want to pick three or more topics as your go to. Personally I choose films, television shows and album titles. Sometimes I even switch it up and throw some other things in there like Country names, famous people – you get the idea.
Pick three that you can easily remember as a starting point.
So what does the exercise entail? It’s very simple, you just name as many things within the chosen topic as possible.
I changed it up a little with mine, and I go A through to Z in my mind with my chosen topics.
Sometimes when I am feeling especially overwhelmed, I tend to jot down my answers into my journal. I do this so I can go back and look at days where I have been especially anxious or down and see how far I’ve come. This is one of the reasons it is a great way to help reduce anxiety.
It’s really important that you are kind to yourself. You’re going to have bad days now and then, and that is perfectly okay. It’s how you cope with them that matter most.