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Two powerful tools to beat anxiety

September 24, 2012

For those that suffer from anxiety, just coping with the feelings can count as a good day.  But what if you were able to get beyond “coping” and actually back to living your life?

Kathryn Tristan, a researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine, certainly believes that is possible.  She says the problem is that we live in an age of global anxiety that skews our priorities for living:

Worry is the little voice that alerts you to a health problem just in time before matters get worse. But worrying constantly about your health does more harm than good. Worry also may help provide a competitive edge in business, school, or sports as you strive to improve and do better. But constantly worrying if you will succeed does not help.

The problem is one of balance and most of us are way out of balance. Unfortunately, continually worrying without resolving problems can also lead to anxiety. Now your worries escalate in intensity and you may also experience the gripping fear of anxiety or panic attacks that seem to come out of the blue. This creates a whole new set of worries.

Tristan says we need activate two powerful tools to get beyond anxiety: Awareness and Choice.

Awareness helps us to analyse the background (and sometimes foreground) chatter of voices and thoughts that tell us things are going wrong.  Once we’re aware of these voices and thoughts, we can begin to rationally analyse them and choose to disagree with the predicted outcomes, or make further choices to avert the outcome if it is indeed a genuine worry.

Do you need help being coached with your stress and anxiety issues?  Call Life Resolutions today on 1300 668 256 or use the email contact form on our website to speak to our qualified psychologists.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. June 22, 2013 3:54 am

    When you feel a panic attack coming on, sit down and close your eyes.

    The thought comes and you begin to feel tension in your body and with every bit of rational thought left in you –
    you think you’ve got to get rid of the thought; you’ve got to get your mind on something else.
    After researching so many other supposed cures it
    was hard for me to give in a try this one too. It’s important that you know the most powerful way to stop panic attacks.

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