If You're Looking For Another Way to Silence the Head Noise, Try This App
The minute I get anxious, I retreat into my head. I start to unpack and over-analyse the situation until I get so emotionally worked up that my anxiety turns physical.
One of the coping mechanisms I've adopted, after seeing it on Instagram, is the Think Ladder app. Think Ladder is a mental health and wellness app that helps you identify your limiting beliefs or negative thoughts and literally re-write them. This small way of shifting your perspective can be a massive help when you're in an anxiety spiral.
So how does it work? Well, once you download and open the app, you're prompted to pick a theme. Each theme has a user-friendly heading and description so you can easily identify how you're feeling, think of themes like: Correction & Criticism, People Pleasing, I Must be Dumb, Comparing Myself to Others, Anxiety, Compassion Fatigue — to name a few. Once you've selected your theme, you're given a bunch of one-liners to choose from that best describes your current situation. Then you're sent on a journey to re-shape and shift your thinking around that particular situation. It'll prompt you to start journaling and answer some thought-provoking questions.
I think the reason this app works so well for me it because it gives me a moment to step outside the situation that's making me anxious. It distracts me while simultaneously making me confront my negative self-talk head on, while giving me positive ways to re-approach things.
Within the app you can also do some gratitude practice journaling, guided audio meditations and a tool kit for when you're feeling overwhelmed and may need additional support.
The app is completely free and worth downloading if you struggle to get out of your head. You can download the app for both iOS and Android.