APPLE - How To Manage Anxiety

In times like these, many people are experiencing anxiety. You may be experiencing it for the first time, and it’s not always easy to know what to do when it hits. For some, practising the APPLE technique helps to bring those feelings under control. You might wish to try it: Acknowledge uncertainty as it comes to mind. Pause - don’t react as you normally do. Don’t react at all. Pause, and breathe. Pull back and tell yourself it’s just the worry talking. Centre yourself in the present and remind yourself that the apparent need for certainty is not helpful or necessary. It’s only a thought or feeling - and those aren’t facts! Let go of that thought or feeling. It will pass. You don’t have to respond to them. You may imagine them floating away on a cloud or in a bubble. Explore the present moment, because right now, in this moment, all is well. Notice your breathing and its sensations. Notice the ground beneath you, things you can touch, and notice the smells and sounds of the present. Now shift your focus of attention to something else, just like you did then, onto what you need to do, onto what you did before you noticed the worry, or do something else - mindfully with your full attention.

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