Using Coping Cards To Help Manage Anxiety

Many people with social anxiety have self-defeating thoughts like, “I look out of place,” or “I sound stupid.” Developing coping statements can help you deal with these negative thoughts. Useful coping statements should be in your own words, should apply directly to your particular concerns, and should be realistic. A statement such as, “I won’t say anything stupid,” is unrealistic and is a promise that you will be perfect. Everyone is capable of making a remark that sounds a little foolish, such things happen. A better statement would be a reminder that it’s okay to be human, everyone has awkward moments, and it’s not a calamity.

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