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Anxiety....you can't control me !

Updated: Mar 7, 2019

I found this on the website Pysch Central and I thought it was too good not to share.


Patients can suffer from panic attacks with any anxiety disorder. Here are 4 steps in managing them:


1. ACCEPT THE ANXIETY: Individuals with an anxiety disorder become exceedingly sensitive to anxiety. "At the first hint of anxiety, they often become terrified that a panic attack is imminent."

Accepting that anxiety exists doesn't mean liking it or resigning yourself to be anxious forever, "it just means accepting reality as it is."


2. CHALLENGE DISTORTED THOUGHTS: People often interpret a panic attack as a significant threat, but it's important to realize that "nothing catastrophic is going to happen as a result of being anxious or even panicking."


3. BREATHE: Instead of hyperventilating, which energizes anxiety, "make a point of consciously breathing."


4. RESIST THE URGE TO FLEE: Running away from anxiety only reinforces the idea that you're unable to handle it and that escaping the situation is your best solution. Instead, a long-term solution is to "learn that we can tolerate the discomfort, that it won't hurt us and that it will naturally dissipate over time if we sit with it."


Please remember.....Anxiety doesn't run your life.


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