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Best Techniques for Controlling Your Anxiety – 8

By Martin Seif, Ph.D. ABPP

Separate Thoughts from Feelings: Thought is internal speech- what we say to ourselves. Feelings are made up of sensations experienced in some part of the body. “I feel I can’t breathe” is really a thought which may follow the feelings of tension in your neck, throat and chest. The thoughts, “I feel I can’t breathe,” makes the feelings of tension seem dangerous and starts a series of scary future thoughts. Instead, try saying, “Although I feel that I can’t breathe, I know that this is just a thought that seems scary because of the tension in my body. I know that my breathing will take care of itself automatically so I can concentrate on using my skills to help bring my anxiety down.”

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