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Your First Step: Effective Ways to Start Dealing with Anxiety

What’s on your mind? Here’s how to open up:

Talking about what’s weighing on your heart and mind is part of the healing and growth process.

“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.”

– Fred Rogers

People who reach out and share with others often report a greater sense of purposefulness and positivity. Research shows that connecting with others on a daily basis, like forming friendships in our BRB community, will help you to function emotionally and mentally well [1].

Try to text or call someone and share what’s on your mind.

Fun fact: venting to your colleagues helps with your mental health!

A study shows that complaining and venting to your colleagues helps you not only to bond with them, but to cope with your anxiety and process your feelings [2]. Win-win! Now grab your favourite colleague and bring them out for a coffee chat.

We say yes to normalise seeking therapy.

A professional therapist can also be a great resource when it comes to reducing your anxiety. When you talk about your feelings, stressors with a therapist, it helps you to work through your emotions in a safe environment. You can try BRB’s 1:1 anonymous therapy session with one of our certified therapists. Our sessions are kept confidential and private.

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”

—Walter Anderson

When we share, we heal. Get started here. We provide 1:1 therapy sessions with a certified therapist.
Rest assured your data and identity is kept confidential and private.

Activity: Talk to a Good Listener

Not everyone deserves your trust, but we all need people to share our deepest thoughts and feelings with. If you have one of those friends who has supported you and has proven their trustworthiness, reach out to them. Good friends want to listen and support one another. Sharing what’s bothering you will lessen your worries, talking about your feelings can help you cope better with anxiety.

Find a trustable friend and give them a call, just for a causal talk or a daily catch up.

References:

[1] Liu, P. J., Rim, S., Min, L., & Min, K. E. (2022). The surprise of reaching out: Appreciated more than we think. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspi0000402

[2] Pouthier, V. (2017). Griping and Joking as Identification Rituals and Tools for Engagement
in Cross-Boundary Team Meetings. Organization Studies. Vol. 38(6) 753–774. DOI: 10.1177/0170840616685358

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