COUNTERING ANXIETY PRODUCTING THOUGHTS
Come up with a rational counterstatement anytime you have anxiety-producing thoughts:
|Anxiety-Producing Thought||Rational Counterstatement|
|I can’t go to the mall with my hair like this–everyone will notice me.||Example: My hair looks a little messy, but everyone will be too occupied with other things to notice. Even if they do notice, I doubt they would care.|
I know I won’t be able to finish my work on time.
|I will do what I can today and continue the rest today|
I can’t face my boss. She’s going to yell at me.
|But what if my boss doesn’t yell at me and understand my situation|