I’m just started the training sessions yesterday and I’m on session 2. I like the idea of slow talk and it does help reduce my level anxiety but I have run into a few challenges that I hoped others could help me with. How do you prevent yourself from using fillers like “um” when you are speaking slowly? I find that I typically speak fast because I don’t like lulls in conversation and silence (even a couple seconds) makes me anxious. The other area I struggle with is memory and losing my train of thought while speaking. Often times I rush through what I’m saying because I don’t want to forget anything or leave something out. I believe the forgetfulness is linked to my anxiety. Any recommendations on how to tackle these issues while I implement slow talk In everyday interactions.
Lastly, there is a handout on slow thinking that I would like to implement while sleeping. Any ideas on how to stop your mind from racing while sleeping or ways to distract myself so that I can calm my thoughts and have a more restful sleep. I find this happens especially the night before an upcoming event that will bring anxiety(speech, meeting new people, etc). At times I wake up feeling drained because throughout the night my mind is rehearsing the upcoming anxiety provoking event.
Thanks for listening. It is reassuring that I’m not alone and I now have a support system of people shared experiences that are looking to support and uplift one another.