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Anxiety Questions #1 - Thinking Anxiously Can Turn Into A Habit

Question :

Can thinking anxiously turn into a habit?

Answer :

Yes! Thinking anxiously can easily turn into a habit.
  • An anxiety disorder can be formed when you start thinking negatively repeatedly.
  • A person might start coping with stress in a manner which unconsciously becomes a habit.
  • To overcome anxiety, many people tend to avoid the situation completely reinforcing the bad habit in their brain.
Our habits play a huge role in our life. Some good and some bad, habits give us a routine to follow and help us stay mentally fit most of the time. However, sometimes, unknowingly, bad routines can come into our lives and turn into habits. This habit becomes a loop and we get stuck. Is it possible to break the habit? Of course, but usually it's not easy.

Turning Bad Habits Into Good Habits

There is a way to reform your habits, following the 3R System - Reminder, Routine and Reward.

Reminder

Remind yourself that thoughts are just thoughts and nothing more.

Routine

Perform the task, this is the hardest step. The easiest way to do this is to break your tasks into smaller ones. If your task is to write an essay, break it into doing the introduction, taking a break and reflecting on it, then doing the paragraphs and taking a break, then concluding.

Reward 

Reward yourself for finishing the task. This can be as small as you want. This allows your brain to associate hardship with happiness.

By following the 3 steps on a daily basis, you can form good habits and slowly, you will get rid of the need to worry and start getting less anxious. If anxiety is turning into a habit and affecting your daily tasks, please seek professional help as soon as possible. If you have any anxiety related questions, feel free to ask us! Good luck!

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