Teens: How do you learn to cope up your anxiety? Activity 23
Dr Gowher Yusuf
Hal 3rd stage, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Source: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Lisa M, SCHAB, LCSW
Participating in almost any kind of physical exercise can help lower your anxiety level. Exercising on a regular basis can prevent anxiety. Exercising at the time you feel anxious can release tension right at that moment.
A wide variety of physical activities are listed below. Put a star next to nay activity that you know you really enjoy. Put a “T” next to any activity you have never done but would really like to try.
Baseball, basketball, skiing, swimming, hiking, tennis, biking, snowboarding, football, karate, running, bowling, gymnastics, wrestling, archery, golf, paintball, laser tag, dance, race walking, volley ball, badminton, judo, waterskiing, tubing, lacrosse, soccer, bocce ball, lifting weights, aerobic dance, kickboxing, racquetball, diving, rappelling, surfing, wind surfing.
1.Looking at the activities you starred, write down those that would be easiest for you to do on a regular basis. What time of the day and where would be most realistic for you to do these?
2.Write down one or two times and days over the next week when you can exercise. Write them in your schedule book on your calendar and then follow through on you plan.
3.Notice your anxiety level both before and after you exercise. Describe what you notice.
4.Which exercises from the list might you be able to do right at the moment you are feeling anxious?
5.Describe a recent situation that made you anxious and tell how you could have performed some exercise at that time to relieve your anxiety.
6.From the list of activities you put “T” next to, choose one or two you could try in the next couple of weeks. Write your plan here for how you can realistically make it happen.