I Attended An Anxiety Workshop | Part 3

This blog post is the final installment of the I Attended An Anxiety Workshop series. Please check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t previously done so, which give detailed descriptions leading up to this point. Thank you! ❤

During the month of November, I attended an anxiety workshop on campus called “Confront the Discomfort.I previously shared some techniques that were addressed in Session 1 and Session 2, and I was overwhelmed by the amount of positive comments and feedback I received from all of you. You guys are the reason why I continue to pour my heart and soul into blogging. Blogging is more than just a hobby for me. Blogging is an essential part of my recovery. 

be-still-be-present-be-mindful-quoteDuring Session 3 on November 19, 2019, we talked about positive coping statements for dealing with anxiety. I want to give you some examples of coping statements that I use in my daily life. Next time you are feeling anxious, I challenge you to try applying some positive coping statements similar to the ones I am going to share with you today.

Did you know that these coping statements can be used to manage stress, as well as phobias? Oh boy, so my fear of balloons can be overcome by repeatedly using positive affirmations? Even I am a bit skeptical about this one. Skepticism aside, let’s explore some coping statements, shall we?

♥ Let’s talk about coping statements ♥

(っ◔◡◔)っ ♥ Before we dig deeper into some examples of positive coping statements, what the heck are coping statements to begin with?! ♥

The best definition I found is directly sourced from www.choosehelp.com, which defines coping statements as “truthful positive statements used to replace the negative and untrue thoughts that take over when you feel anxious, stressed, angry and/or when facing overwhelming situations [such as phobias].”

I really love lists. I love lists so much that I had originally intended to write listicles for this week’s blog post. As I started writing these lists, it dawned on me that the material this week is quite dry and does not really spark excitement. If my own writing is gonna bore me to death, then chances are you’ll probably be bored out of your minds too. And nobody would want that. Not me. Not you. Not anyone. 🙇‍♀️

A Simpler Way to Remember Things: Draw a Picture

Disclaimer: Since I do not have the resources to draw and upload my own images for you, I am using images directly sourced online. All images shown below belong to the rightful owner, Rebekah, from @journey_to_wellness_. The images that I am displaying here are strictly for educational purposes ONLY.

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Rebekah from @journey_to_wellness_ does an excellent job at illustrating effective coping statements for dealing with anxiety.

♥ My New & Improved Listicles ♥

I’ve decided to take it upon myself to improve my otherwise boring lists by making them more visually appealing. This is literally the extent of my artistic abilities, and I know that these lists are not nearly as exciting as the previous illustrations. However, I hope that this information helps you find relief whenever you are feeling stressed out or overwhelmed.

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Coping Statements for Stress.pngWell, I hope you enjoyed reading the I Attended An Anxiety Workshop series as much as I enjoyed writing it! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated since I am trying to improve my blogging and writing skills. Have you used similar positive coping statements in the past when you had to deal with a stressful situation? Please leave a comment by joining the conversation below↓

Thanks for stopping by!

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34 thoughts on “I Attended An Anxiety Workshop | Part 3

  1. Michelle says:

    I have used some of these while in therapy when I went through a scare with my car over the weekend. “I can make it through this” and “Everything will be okay.” Worrying does not help would have been a good one too. I didn’t think of that one.

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  2. Vihani says:

    Very interesting and helpful article Hilary!! I specifically love the definition you have provided about “coping statements”.. Stress and anxiety are parts of our lives and I think what matters the most is not the type of stress that come our way but how we choose to respond to those difficult situations. Thanks for sharing this type of great articles. Loved reading it a lot.

    Have a wonderful December ❤️

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting, Vihani. I apologize for replying several months later. I usually use the app on my phone and comments get buried. Now, I am using a laptop so I am hoping to catch up on comments! 😊🤗

      Overall, December was decent, I made some progress with school, and now that we are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, final exams were cancelled. I was supposed to write a final exam this Saturday (April 18) but now I have a bit more free time to reflect on things, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I am happy that you enjoyed reading this blog post/related blog posts that I have written so far. Thank you for your feedback! ❤

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  3. Kim Petitt says:

    Thank you for sharing! These are all great things to speak and think on when we are experiencing anxiety. In my own times of anxiety, I have found that the Word of God is the secure place I find peace. I know that it is only in Him that I can remember who I am and allow God’s peace to give me comfort.

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Kim! I am sorry that I didn’t get a chance to reply to your comment until now. I am trying to get better at replying to comments. I think that it is wonderful that you find comfort in God. I really think it’s cool when people find deep connection and meaning with religion. I struggle to find such a deep connection, but I do believe that God exists. Take care and stay safe! 🙏💕

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      • Kim Petitt says:

        No problem Hilary. Thanks for your response. I think that so many people struggle with a connection with God is because it’s about a relationship not a religion. My relationship with God is what’s getting me through this pandemic. While so many are panicking and experiencing fear and anxiety. God is given me a peace. I pray you stay well, and thanks again for allowing me to share my thoughts. God bless bless!

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        That’s a really good way to put it. I don’t have a relationship with God but I resonate with spirituality. My husband is catholic and he has a deep connection to God. He has tried to explain it to me but I still have a hard time grasping it.

        Surprisingly, I am [mostly] experiencing peace during the COVID-19 pandemic because I ground myself. I feel like many of us experience anxiety and stress at some point, and that these feelings are normal. Finding ways to cope with these feelings are absolutely essential, especially during the quarantine. I meditate, listen to podcasts, take long walks outside and try to get closer to nature which helps a lot.

        Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, Kim. Stay safe and healthy, my friend! I hope that you are having a wonderful week! 🧘‍♀️🌱

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      • Kim Petitt says:

        If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me and I’ll try to answer them for you. Also, I’ll like to invite you to our Noon Bible Study Mon-Friday (Central Time) It’s an interactive Bible Study you can chat your question or send it by text. You joins us by:

        Facebook (Dana Carson)

        YouTube (Watch and subscribe to Apostle Dr. Dana Carson)

        Instagram (Dana Carson)

        I really think you’ll enjoy it and it’ll be very helpful.

        You have a wonderful week too!

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  4. PoojaG says:

    I also totally love lists and making them look more artsy definitely helps! I really like your coping statements and I’ve found that these sort of statements although they didn’t work immediately for me have really helped me with my anxiety in the long run as well as helped make me a more positive person.

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  5. Simon says:

    Interesting stuff here Hilary. I might refer your page again, when i run out of my anxiety pills and get stuck into that situation again. I wish i wont be bacl in that situation. Who knows? life is so unpredictable😂, Even though it is, i am going to stay on the positive side. Have a beautiful day Hilary✨🤗✍️

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      It makes me happy that you find value in these blog posts. I really hope you aren’t back in that situation either. For me, I felt like I had very little control during really stressful and anxiety-provoking times. I found that having a sense of control and better coping strategies helped a lot. These posts will always be here whenever you feel like you need to refer to them. Have a good day, Simon! 🌺

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Wow, that is a huge honor! 😇 Thank you, Amy! I am finding myself using these coping mechanisms a lot, especially during the pandemic. I hope that you and your family are doing OK and staying healthy. 🙏💕

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Jenny! How is your anxiety during the pandemic that we are dealing with right now? Tbh, my anxiety is worse than usual but still manageable. I hope that things are well with you and that you are doing OK. 🙏💕

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      • Jenny in Neverland says:

        Hey! Mine is actually good – weirdly. Although I think that’s because home is my “safe space”. It’s outside that worries me! So not having all those external things to worry about right now is actually helping. However it’s made me more anxious about when things go back to normal xxx

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        Do you have social anxiety, Jenny? I think of you as an extroverted person even though I remember reading somewhere that you are introverted (please correct me if I’m wrong). I used to feel guilty for spending Friday nights and weekends at home, but I stopped feeling bad about being different.
        Home is also my “safe place,” but I find myself dealing with this thing called boredom. Sticking to some kind of schedule helps! 😊💕

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      • Jenny in Neverland says:

        I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder 7 years ago so social anxiety did fall under that a bit. Although last year I was officially un-diagnosed so technically I don’t have an anxiety disorder anymore! I am more introverted though for sure – too much noise and people and stuff going on sends me balmy sometimes!

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Hi Renard! I feel like the pandemic is really testing me right now. Anxiety is worse than usual but I am still implementing the stuff I learned from the anxiety workshop, so at least that’s something. It’s great to hear from you! 😊✨

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