How to Change Your Thinking About Anxiety: A Hazelden Quick Guide
Leading Hazelden Experts
Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub
Apply practical strategies from the latest expert research to change the way you think and react to feelings of anxiety.
Do you (or does someone you know) have problems with anxiety? Perhaps you're suffering in silence, or perhaps it's affecting your daily life and relationships. Anxiety is a common emotion, and is healthy at times. But when it keeps us from activities and people we once enjoyed, it's a disruptive and terrifying feeling.
Using the research of experts in the field of emotional health, this book outlines a basic understanding of anxiety and offers healthy ways to process and change our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to better deal with it. These strategies are based on Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), a widely used method of examining our own thoughts to challenge and change irrational beliefs.
In this book, you will
Discover the "anatomy" of anxiety and break it down into its basic elements
Learn the different forms of anxiety so you can better care for your own
Uncover your own sources of anxiety and learn how certain coping strategies often make it worse
Discover how you experience anxiety through your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
Know how and when to reach out for professional help, if necessary
Reclaim your life from anxiety by making conscious choices in your thinking, feeling, and acting.
About Hazelden Quick Guides
Hazelden Quick Guides are short, accessible e-books that draw on the original work and best practices of leading experts to help readers address common addiction recovery and emotional health issues. This first four-book collection applies the proven methods of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to challenge and change the irrational thoughts and beliefs that contribute to the debilitating effects of shame, anger, depression, and anxiety.
and other sources to unravel the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are linked to anxiety. As you experiment with the tools for change suggested in this book, you’ll see the effects in your daily life. The process could transform your experience of anxiety—and your life. The Anatomy of Anxiety “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom,” wrote Søren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher. That statement makes you wonder whether he ever actually felt anxiety. How can you be free
busy. Q: What if my hand shakes when I’m writing a check? A. I could write part of the check before I get there. I could also use cash. Q: What if I faint? A: I’m only dealing with a thought about fainting. Chances are that won’t happen. Q: What if I get to the back of the store and I can’t leave? A: My legs will carry me to the door, even if it doesn’t feel that way. Q: I’m feeling really strange. What if this time it isn’t anxiety? A: It is only anxiety. I’m not in any danger. It will
living. Values are things that you desire for their own sake. They are ends in themselves, not means toward some other end that you consider more important. When asked to define their values, many people respond with a list of abstractions such as health, love, and wealth. These are certainly worthwhile. They are also abstract concepts, however, and hard to define in ways that guide our behavior. As an alternative, consider defining values as domains of activity. An exercise included earlier in
make a presentation and feel so frightened that I’m unable to speak? What if I go to the mall and feel so much panic that I pass out? What if I start driving on the freeway and feel so afraid of having an accident that I have to turn around and come back? What if I feel too afraid to go anywhere at all and just end up staying at home all the time? We also make negative predictions about our ability to cope with a difficult situation. Often these statements follow an “if-then” format. For
the top floor of a tall building being in a large public space, such as a shopping center or convention hall, where there is no clear exit or source of help (a condition called agoraphobia) Social Phobias With a social phobia, you experience anxiety symptoms when you’re around other people. You feel excessively self-conscious in social situations, such as going to work or school, eating in a restaurant, or attending a party. At the bottom of these feelings is an extreme fear of being