Understanding and Responding to Anxiety Disorders

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Behavior Therapy and Anxiety Disorders

I developed anxiety as an adult and a parent. After a while, it turned into panic attacks and hijacked my mood more days than not. I fought it for a long time, thinking I needed to “win” against anxiety and overcome it. But when I started learning from my anxiety, I discovered what my body and mind were actually saying. I learned how to increase my self-awareness and discovered new areas of growth and gratitude.

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How to Cope With Anxiety

When anxiety strikes, it’s important to manage it quickly, or it can get out of control. There are many stress reduction techniques that are simple and easy to learn and can be done almost anywhere. Breathing techniques are a powerful way to combat anxiety that is often effective at restoring peace and clearing your mind. Breathing and relaxation exercises are included in almost every strategy for stress management taught by therapists.

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Move Your Body

Take a somatic approach and get active when you feel anxious. Your mindset matters, and when you combine it with the power inside your body, it can actually shift your biochemistry. If I can’t figure out the source of my worry, or if it’s a problem I can’t take care of right now, then I find other problems I can fix. I’ll do the dishes, clean my room, or go for a walk. As I take assertive actions and fix these little problems, my mind gains confidence and focus.

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Effective Planning Speeds Healing

Listening and paying attention to your anxieties won’t always make them go away, but ignoring them almost always makes them worse. Being more mindful not only helps manage the amount of anxiety I experience, it often helps me fix whatever is going on.

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