Anxiety is exhausting. We can help.

It’s more than stress and worry

Worrying is perfectly normal. Without it, you’d probably land yourself in some dangerous situations with your guard too far down. But when those worries take over us, something’s not quite right.

Anxiety is a roadblock. You literally can’t see past the fear or thought to the point where you quickly arrive at worst-case scenarios that can manifest in real-life; panic attacks, a tight chest, breathlessness. Sometimes, there’s no obvious trigger for all of this, which can make things even more confusing. The good news is, there’s plenty you can do to manage your anxiety. It’s our specialty. And we’re here to help.

Mary Hoang Surry Hills Psychologist at The Indigo Project

Mindfulness can help

Ground yourself with a deep breath in and out. Now try to notice:

5 things you can see

4 things you can touch

3 things you can hear

2 things you can smell

1 thing you can taste

This will help you get back to the present moment.

Tune Out Of The World

Sometimes, we just need to escape all of the noise. Music has been proven to ease anxiety, and we’ve created this playlist especially to help when you’re feeling locked in its grip. Grab a pair of headphones and recharge.

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YOU WILL DO GREAT THINGS

DESPITE YOUR ANXIETY

Here’s a tip for dealing with anxiety

Call it out. This will create distance between you and your anxiety

Breathe. This will activate your nervous system’s rest response.

Inhale deeply through your nose for 4 seconds, expanding your stomach.

Exhale slowly and steadily through the nose for 4 seconds.

Repeat for 1 minute to calm your nerves.

Managing Anxiety with a friend

How to support a friend or partner with anxiety

Listen. Be open and supportive of them. You don’t need to have all the answers, and trying to can make things worst. Repeat that you’re there for them and avoid judgements.

Validation. Don’t tell them to “get over it” or that there’s “no reason to be anxious”.  Acknowledge how hard it must be for them and reassure them.

Getting help. Outwardly saying “You should see a psychologist” may be perceived as a judgement. Instead, recognise their struggles and their strengths, and gently encourage them to talk to someone. (Try this: “It sounds like you’re dealing with a lot and you’re doing so well in spite of that, but do you think talking to someone could help you work on those issues?”).

Look after yourself. You can be there for someone while maintaining your own boundaries. Recognise that it can be tough on you too and ensure that you are mindful of your own emotional energy levels.

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Grab our free anxiety worksheet

Try out this simple but effective exercise for challenging your thoughts and keeping anxiety at bay.

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Check out our Anxiety Psychologists

Looking for a therapist specialising in anxiety therapy? We can help.

LOUISE HARVEY
Clinical Psychologist

DANIELLE HANRAHAN
Counsellor & Coach

DARREN EVERETT
Senior Psychologist

MICHAEL MAGEE
Psychologist

Give this a read

Daring Greatly – BRENE BROWN

In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection. The book that Dr. Brown’s many fans have been waiting for, Daring Greatly will spark a new spirit of truth—and trust—in our organizations, families, schools, and communities.

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Mary Hoang head psychologist and founder The Indigo Project

Don’t let anxiety rule you

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We need to talk.

Does that phrase make your stomach sink? Relationships can work up our anxiety, especially when difficult conversations are involved. So we’ve put together a worksheet that offers you 7 Steps to Communication, arming you with tools to tackle those tough convos.

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Music to de-muddle the mind

Anxiety and stress can often go hand in hand, but music can do wonders in reducing their symptoms, including lowering your blood pressure and decreasing your heart rate. Check out our custom, stress-busting playlist, designed to help you tap into your inner chill.

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