Bill Knaus, Ed.D. in Science and Sensibility
How to conquer your anxieties with proven cognitive behavioral techniques
Anxiety is among the worst of feelings; some consider it the worst. If you suffer from anxiety, try these twelve interventions. Use them to feel better and to prevent anxiety from coming back.
1 Anxiety is on a time scale. When you feel beset by fear, the danger is right before you. Anxiety is different. It is an anticipation that something fearsome is about to happen. This can be seconds or months away. You still have time to prepare. Between now and then, do reality checks on your perspective. For example, can you be 100 percent sure of what you predict? If you can’t, why speculate? Here is something else to do. Make plans to combat what you fear. Here is another. Take time to think out what gives you the best chance.
2 Anxiety hinders coping with situations that evoke the feeling. Anxiety can feel so painful that you don’t think you can cope. You feel helpless. You feel vulnerable. You find refuge in any place that you can. Sadly, the relief you get from avoiding what you fear rewards avoidance. To break this vicious cycle, reward yourself for coping. For example, if you enjoy a cup of coffee, reward yourself with a cup after five minutes of working at coping with your most pressing anxiety.