Use the coping plan worksheet to help you increase your confidence that you could cope with situations or activities that you have been avoiding or struggling with.
When we are afraid of certain situations or activities, we tend to avoid them, which is understandable. Unfortunately, the more we avoid them, the more difficult they can start to seem, which strengthens the urge to put them off or avoid them altogether. This creates a vicious cycle of anxiety and avoidance.
Situations or activities that we have been avoiding are not always as bad in reality as we imagine they might be, or they could be so important to us that we need to overcome our fear and do them anyway.
The coping plan worksheet is a tool to help you think about these sorts of situations more clearly by anticipating the things that could happen and planning how you would cope. Anticipating and planning for difficult situations can make them feel more manageable.
Once you have come up with a range of specific predictions and corresponding strategies to cope with them, rate your level of confidence and determination to tackle the situation or activity. It can then be helpful to practise your responses either in imagination or with a trusted friend, family member or colleague.