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What strategies can I use to deal with difficult emotions?

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Clinical psychologist Steven Mahan talks about strategies to deal with episodes of anxiety or depression, such as grounding techniques (deep breathing and relaxation), which help to physically manage emotions. https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy

Video Transcription

So there’s a technique called grounding techniques, which is a way of trying to stay in the present moment. So, typically, when our anxieties and our low mood, or whatever we struggle with start to play up in a situation, our minds tend to take us to dark places. So strategies that typically help you to stay in the moment in the present room, such as deep breathing, relaxation techniques, trying to notice what’s going on in your body and trying to find ways of physically soothing those emotions can be really helpful, and just bringing your anxieties or your low mood just to a more manageable level. So, for example, typically when we experience anxiety, our breathing starts to increase, our heart rate increases, we start to get really nasty churning sensation in our stomach. So if you take a few deep breaths and maybe counting to 10, really filling your lungs as much as you can, and then letting the air out slowly, often people find that that just physically soothes their emotions so they can start to tackle whatever made them anxious or depressed in that moment.

Dr Steven Mahan

Dr Steven Mahan

19 June 2022

"Dr Steven Mahan is a Clinical Psychologist with many years’ experience in both the NHS and private sector. He specialises in adult mental health and has worked with clients of all ages with a wide range of emotional difficulties including depression, anxiety, personality disorders, trauma, social anxiety, eating disorders, work-related stress, health anxiety, and substance misuse. Throughout his career, Dr Mahan has gained extensive experience working with clients with relationship and interpersonal difficulties. "

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