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Stress Management for Anxiety
Every gets nervous or anxious at some point in their life. For many, being worried or nervous is more than a reaction to having to speak in public; it is a daily struggle through everyday life events. Anxiety disorders can have great effects, including a person avoiding places and events that could be a trigger all together. However, it is possible to learn how to be more comfortable in situations through therapy techniques for anxiety.
Social anxiety therapy can be among the most difficult. When someone suffers from this disorder, they assume everyone is judging them and that they are not liked or well-perceived. No matter how untrue that might be, it becomes a very serious reality in the mind of the sufferer. Simply being told that they are liked is not enough, but there are coping mechanisms that can help with this condition, along with therapy for depression and anxiety.
therapy techniques for anxiety:
Challenge Negative Thoughts
Everyone has a negative thought now and again, but for social anxiety and general anxiety sufferers, negative thoughts and beliefs contribute highly to the overall condition. Before ever entering an event, someone suffering from anxiety will assume they are going to look like a fool, that everyone will assume they are stupid, or that they will otherwise fail.
The first step in this technique is identify the negative thoughts. If you are worried about an upcoming public speaking event, chances are you have negative thoughts about how you will perform. The next step is to challenge and analyze these thoughts. Logically thinking these situations out will be helpful in coming to terms with them. For instance, if you are fully prepared for the speaking event, chances are you will perform well. If you are nervous and shaky, it is unlikely anyone will notice. If they do, it is unlikely anyone will judge you since everyone gets nervous in front of a group.
Focus on Others and Not Yourself
When in an anxious situation, the sufferer of anxiety is thinking about themselves and is caught up in their own thoughts and feelings. The fear is that everyone around them is beginning to notice that they are nervous, with the bigger fear being that they will be judged for it. Sufferers feel by paying closer attention to their bodily sensations and controling them, they can control how they appear. However, there are better ways to discontinue the thought that everyone is staring at you, such as:
* Pay attention to everyone around you, but do not try to guess what is on their mind. Instead of worrying they are judging you, engage with them and try to make a genuine connection.
* Remind yourself that anxiety is not a visible condition. Even if someone notices you are nervous, they won’t think less of you.
* Listen to the conversations around you and take note of what everyone is saying. This will take you out of your own thoughts.
* Focus on the moment. Look around at the environment and take note of the day rather than focusing on what has already happened.