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Dealing with Anxiety

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

Dealing with anxiety can be a difficult challenge. There are several treatment options available to sufferers and each has its strengths and weaknesses. The majority of therapies are based on cognitive behavioral therapy which requires a person to examine their thinking for errors and then correct those errors in order to reduce their symptoms.

The fact is that cognitive behavioral can be very effective in dealing with certain sources of anxiety and panic attacks. For instance, a person who is suffering from a phobia or from sudden panic attacks based on a particular fear generally have successful outcomes with CBT. However, for others, cognitive behavioral therapy is not as useful.

So if you are dealing with an anxiety disorder, the question becomes what can YOU do to address it. Certainly, a person who takes an active an role in treating their disorder will be more effective than a person who takes a passive role counting on specialists to instruct them in their own treatment.

In order to be successful with dealing with an anxiety disorder, you will have to begin to challenge certain assumptions. By getting out of your brain you will find yourself much more capable to deal with anxiety when it crops up in your life.

As an anxiety sufferer myself, I have found that there are a number of things I can do to make it easier for me to deal with the disorder. These things are simple things that anyone can do and they have proven to be greatly effective in my life. These include:

Educate yourself

By far the internet is the best resource for people who are dealing with anxiety. Online you can find thousands, even millions, of people who have been in your shoes and found a way out. There are countless websites, blogs and forums that share anxiety reduction techniques that work as well as reviews and personal stories. These sources can show you the exact steps that have worked for other people who share your disorder. So get out there and start researching.

Exercise

Exercise plays an important role in the self-regulation of the body. If you are living a sedentary life you will experience more anxiety symptoms. The reasons for this are not entirely clear, however it has been demonstrated that even a moderate amount of exercise (in addition to having a number of other benefits on your life) will reduce your anxiety symptoms.

Be open-minded

Many of the best strategies for coping with anxiety are not promoted by traditional mental health professions. There are a number of reasons for this including lack of familiarity and lack of first hand experience. Never the less, actual anxiety sufferers have come up with all sorts of creative techniques and strategies that are wonderfully effective in treating anxiety symptoms. So be willing to try some things that seem unfamiliar.

In conclusion, dealing with anxiety is not a easy burden to bear. However, there are numerous steps that you can take to effect a positive change in your life. Online there are countless stories, from trusted sources, of people who have beat anxiety. There is no reason that you can not do the same.


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