16. Identify real vs imagined worries
Learning to identify the difference between real and hypothetical worries is key. Which worries can be helpful and which unhelpful? Which worries guide you to behave in a way that promotes yours and others’ growth, safety and security? And which are overwhelming and even debilitating?
Talk about your worries – this is a difficult time for everyone and sharing how you are feeling and the things you are doing to cope with family and friends can help.
If you don’t feel able to do this, there are a range o helplines to be signposted to the support you need. Try to manage difficult feelings: Focus on the things you can control, including where you get information from and actions to make yourself feel prepared. Every Mind Matters provides further information on how to manage anxiety. If you’re struggling to see the difference, it is advisable to seek support from a licensed mental health professional.