How to Stop the Squeaky Wheel of Anxiety

Sometimes, anxiety feels a lot like a little mouse running on a wheel inside our heads and chattering incessantly. It gets ahold of a particular thought or fear and spins on it nonstop. It’s frustrating and exhausting, and it can feel out of our control. The temptation in that situation is to do one of two things to feel better: (1) distract ourselves from the thoughts or (2) indulge them. Distraction maneuvers include watching television, calling a friend, taking a pill, or checking Facebook. Indulging behaviors might look like making endless lists and notes about anxious thoughts, researching whatever the issue is for hours, or calling people to talk through the same problems over and over

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