Anxiety Tip #6: Keep it Simple

“My thoughts before a big race are usually pretty simple. I tell myself: ‘Get out of the blocks, run your race, stay relaxed. If you run your race, you’ll win… channel your energy. Focus.'” – Carl Lewis

I chose that quote by the champion runner, Carl Lewis, because it clearly illustrates the idea of keeping things simple to manage anxiety. Looking back at the many times I have had a panic reaction or attack, I’ve noticed each time I feel confused from complicating the situation or task and it feels impossible to get anything done. And when I retreat, relax, and rethink the situation as a task that can be accomplished in simple small steps, the situation doesn’t seem as scary and becomes possible. If I have been very anxious, writing the steps helps. Of course it is not always easy, but repeating the exercise of creating simple steps creates a good habit which becomes a good tool for managing future anxiety reactions or attacks.


About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations. View all posts by Claudia

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