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How Do I Deal with Anxiety? - Tip #3 (The Worry Tree)

Updated: Nov 26, 2021

The Worry Tree flowchart which is a tool to help with managing worry and anxiety

In an earlier post I introduced you to a flowchart that you can use to help process worries. Another popular tool in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for helping with managing worry and anxiety is the Worry Tree.

The idea behind this is that there are different types of worries and the Worry Tree helps you sort through them and work in them in the most appropriate way. You work your way up the trunk of the tree and out into the branches depending on how you have answered the questions and they give you guidance on the next step to take.

Ultimately, every branch ends with you refocusing your attention away from the thing that you are worrying about. To help you with this, you can use a grounding exercise like the one I describe here, or a breathing exercise like the one I describe here.

Let me know in the comments below how you've got on if you try this tool out.

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