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Anxiety Fighting Tips

By Debra Kissen

When caught in the grips of anxiety, it is nearly impossible to think clearly and rationally, given that your brain is operating in pure survival mode.  Therefore, I encourage my clients to come up with a short list of anxiety fighting mantras, that they can quickly access, when in the mindset of a panic attack.  Here are a few sample, anxiety fighting tips, that my fabulous clients have come up with:

  • When in doubt, move TOWARDS the discomfort. Avoidance feels good in the short term but only leads to more long term distress.
  • Just because my anxious brain says “I can’t do this” does not make it true.
  • When all else fails, just keep putting one foot in front of the other. When in a deep, dark, overwhelming place, all I need to do is force myself to take the next tiny baby step forward.
  • A panic attack is a false alarm.  I AM SAFE AND SOUND AND WILL BE OK.
  • I can handle this.
  • When feeling overwhelmed and unclear what do next, I will force myself to pick a next step and take action in the face of uncertainty. I don’t need to make a “perfect” choice to move forward.
  • Anxiety, like all emotions, will soon pass, making way for the next.
  • If I am feeling anxious about something, I am probably doing something important.  If I did not care about the task, I would not be feeling anxious, I would be feeling indifferent.
  • Anxiety is uncomfortable but it is not dangerous.
  • When anxiety shows up, I am going to remind myself, “I may not like this but I can handle this. I am allowing myself to feel this anxiety in the service of living my life to its fullest”.
  • When in doubt, moves towards the discomfort. Freedom from anxiety does not mean living a life free of anxiety but instead living a full and meaningful life, and taking anxiety along for the ride, when it rears its annoying (but not dangerous) head.

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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