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Thursday
Nov222012

Anxiety Basics: What Can I Do to Help My Anxiety?

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In this week's podcast we answer a question about how to handle anxiety when you feel like it's winning.

I'd like to know some more information on how to deal with anxiety itself, it's something I've been dealing with my whole life and I'm still young. The feeling is horrible, and it seems that there isn't much left to do but let it win... what is there to do?

 

Points covered in this podcast...

 

1. Use some tools for peace of mind.

Anxiety messes with your head. It's confusing and overwhelming and it's very hard to know what to do to feel better. We recommend starting using techniques like the Quick Anxiety Stopper or EFT Tapping to take the edge off your anxiety.
 
Please listen to the podcast to find out how this can help you.
        
If you keep at it and use these techniques every time you feel anxious, or feel an anxiety symptom, you will start to feel some real relief and space in your head to move on to the next step...

 

 

2. Notice what makes your anxiety feel worse and cut it out

Look out for:
          Caffeine
          Violent, scary, or fast paced entertainment: music, movies, TV, video games.
          Stress, social pressure, expectations, or confrontations
          
Keep a journal and log what you notice adds to your anxiety and see what changes you can make to reduce it's presence in your life.

 

 

3. Notice what helps you feel better and increase it

Look out for things that help you feel safe and relax.

 

Things like creative activities, yoga, walking, inspiring reading, breathing exercises, guided relaxation.

 

Keep a journal and log what you notice reduces your anxiety and see what changes you can make to include those things in your  day.

 

        

Applying Slayer Skills

When you talk about anxiety winning, it suggests a battle with anxiety. That's OK if you can reduce the intensity of the battle to that of a chess match. What we mean by that is that the idea of a battle with anxiety can increase your stress and make your anxiety feel stronger.
When "fighting" anxiety it is helpful not to have a thought process that increases adrenalin or makes you feel like a victim.
 
Instead of fighting, slay your anxiety like a Ninja with quiet skill and with persistence.
        
     
         

 

Listen to the full podcast here (if your browser doesn't show the podcast player please listen on iTunes) 

 

The MindMap below covers the basics of dealing with anxiety by paying attention to three key areas.

You can download and print it here for your own reference.

 


 

Recommended Resource from this podcast:

EFT for Anxiety Relief

 

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