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Rethink Yoga: Reduce Anxiety with the Bee’s Breath Technique

Rethink Yoga: Reduce Anxiety with the Bee’s Breath Technique

Rethink yoga--it's not as intimidating as it may seem to reduce anxiety with yoga. This yoga technique doesn't focus on breathing or poses. Learn it here.

It’s no secret that yoga can effectively reduce anxiety. Yet, the irony is that many people feel intimidated or anxious about trying yoga. Today I have a way you can use yoga to reduce anxiety that anyone can practice and it really speaks to the heart of yoga. And the cool thing is that it will get you breathing deeply without having to focus on your breath.

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Overwhelmed? Battle Anxiety in Three Steps

Overwhelmed? Battle Anxiety in Three Steps

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Anxiety level skyrocketing? Take control of overwhelming anxiety and stress these three steps. Take a look.Everyone gets overwhelmed. We all have times when life is stressful or we’ve signed up for–or been given–more than we can easily handle. For those of us with anxiety, however, feeling overwhelmed can quickly transform into outright terror. But you can battle the anxiety that comes from feeling overwhelmed with these stress relief tips.

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7 Quick Ways to Use Nature to Help Treat Anxiety

7 Quick Ways to Use Nature to Help Treat Anxiety

You can use nature to treat anxiety simply and quickly. In fact, using nature to treat anxiety works to reduce anxiety and boost mental health. Here's how.

Did you know that you can use nature to treat anxiety? But what if you can’t get to a beach or national forest? Don’t worry, anxiety relief is closer than you think–it can be right in your backyard. Find out how the outdoors can soothe and how you can use nature to treat anxiety daily.

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Managing Anxiety During Natural Disasters

Managing Anxiety During Natural Disasters

Managing anxiety during a natural disaster can be overwhelming. But here are tips you can use before and after natural disasters that will help you during one.

Anxiety is a constant companion that catastrophizes everything and makes even the smallest worries seem insurmountable. So what happens when a major event or trauma arises? How do we manage anxiety levels that – in the face of actual disaster – quickly could become crippling? 

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A Tapping Tool to Calm Anxiety When Deep Breathing Can’t

A Tapping Tool to Calm Anxiety When Deep Breathing Can’t

This tapping tool to calm anxiety comes from acupressure and cognitive therapy. It's is a mind-body technique that calms anxiety fast. Here's how it works.

I use a tapping tool to calm my anxiety when being mindful of my breath doesn’t work. Breathing techniques do often work, and as a yoga instructor, I know they can be powerful tools to calm the nervous system. Yet, through my anxiety journey, I also know there are times when breathing through anxiety just doesn’t work. When breath work doesn’t help, try this tapping tool to calm anxiety.

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Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Irritable, Angry and Anxious: Anger Management and Anxiety

Did you know that being irritable and angry may be both symptoms and triggers of anxiety disorders? If you're often irritable, angry and anxious, read this.Irritability and anger can be related to anxiety. When we think of anxiety, most of us think of worry and fear. Occasionally, we may think of compulsions and obsessions, but few of us think of irritability and anger. These last two anxiety symptoms, however, are often just as distressing as the others. In fact, for some people, irritability and anger may be the most troubling symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

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Acceptance Is Key to Effective Anxiety Treatment

Acceptance Is Key to Effective Anxiety Treatment

If acceptance is key to effective anxiety treatments, then we must come to terms with anxiety being part of who we are. How can we do that? Read this.Without acceptance as part of our anxiety treatment, the number of ways to treat anxiety, including meditation, medication, repetitive activities, and cognitive behavioral therapy won’t work well. We are all different and experience anxiety in different ways. This means each anxiety management method has its own pros and cons for each of us, yet no anxiety treatment can be completely effective without one key ingredient: Acceptance. 

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The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

The Common Response to Anxiety that Only Makes It Worse

 

A common response to anxiety is to try to make it go away. But trying to make anxiety go away won't get you far. Read this and change your response to anxiety.

Our mind’s response to anxiety affects our self-esteem, sense of control, and how we see the world around us. When we experience anxiety symptoms, our feelings and thoughts get so wound up in the body’s stress response that we may want to run. We want to shed this thing that won’t leave us alone. In my own struggle with anxiety, I’ve found a seemingly counterintuitive response to anxiety that helps me shift my experience and reduce anxiety.

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Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to Treat Anxiety

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT to Treat Anxiety

Using cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, to treat anxiety is a scientifically valid treatment method. Try CBT to treat your anxiety at home with these tips.Evidence shows that using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat anxiety works. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on replacing maladaptive thoughts and behaviors with positive, healthy ones. Patients are taught to recognize, question, and refute negative behaviors and thought patterns, and then to replace them with more adaptive versions. By learning to do this, we engage in new ways of thinking and acting. Using CBT to treat anxiety helps us more effectively manage our anxiety symptoms. 

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Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Introduction to Melissa Renzi, Author of ‘Treating Anxiety’

Melissa Renzi talks about her experience with anxiety and how treating her anxiety helped turn things around. Read more about Melissa Renzi here.I’m Melissa Renzi, and I’m excited to write for the Treating Anxiety blog at HealthyPlace. While I’m a licensed social worker and yoga teacher, my greatest credential is my personal story as a sensitive soul learning to transform the anxiety I’ve experienced since early childhood. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and alone as we cope with anxiety. I believe there is great strength and healing in sharing vulnerability and I truly look forward to connecting with you and hearing your story.

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