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Anxiety Management

Anxiety is, by nature, an adaptive and normal response to many of the situations we face. It can challenge us to overcome our fears and to perform our best. However, anxiety becomes problematic when its intensity or duration become interfering and debilitating to our daily activities. Rather than encouraging adaptation, it can result in people becoming fearful of anything new, of any slight changes to routine, and of any perceived loss of control. Some people seek therapy and learn techniques to reduce the impact of anxiety (e..g deep breathing techniques, positive self talk). Others, however, may feel embarrassed or scared, may avoid leaving their homes, and isolate from supportive others.

Anxiety is often related to one’s locus of control: Events are either caused by oneself or caused by external forces. This translates into: Are you able to influence what happens (“Internals”) or do things happen to you (“Externals”)? Locus refers to where one assigns responsibility. Persons with external loci of control often feel as though they have no control over their lives and often do not understand the connection between their own choices and the resulting consequences. As one can imagine, this can lead to greater feelings of stress and anxiety—leaving one feeling powerless and unable to influence the outcome of future events.

Research indicates that anxiety is best managed through cognitive-behavioral techniques. This means, how we perceive things, what we say to ourselves, and how we react profoundly influence our ability to manage anxiety symptoms. These books help readers to identify and challenge unhelpful thinking patterns. They also provide training on how to self-soothe, engage in reality testing, reduce symptoms of panic, and assume more confident control over the influence that anxiety has on ones’ life. They are excellent supplements to therapy and offer simple, practical exercises to try in one’s daily life.