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Room for Gratitude in an Anxious Brain. Really?

Room for Gratitude in an Anxious Brain. Really?

An anxious brain is an active brain, and it can feel that there’s only space for anxiety and certainly no room for gratitude. Don’t be mistaken; it’s not that people living with anxiety don’t have gratitude in their heart. Having an anxious brain doesn’t mean that someone is cold, uncaring, or ungrateful. Often, the opposite is true: sometimes people experience anxiety such as social anxiety disorder or generalized anxiety disorder because they care a great deal. People living with anxiety do have gratitude in their heart, but it can feel like there’s no room for gratitude in an anxious brain (Anxiety: It’s In Your Head [Your Brain]). This latter part, though, is a false belief. 

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How to Turn Anxiety into Action

How to Turn Anxiety into Action

Anxiety can stop us in our tracks, and the idea of turning anxiety into action can seem impossible. Anxiety involves worry and fear. Together, these make a team of control-freaks that attempts to keep people from living their lives fully, from stepping forward confidently into the world. Anxiety prevents people from taking action. However, did you know that you can turn anxiety into action? Here’s a simple formula to turn your anxiety into action. 

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Over-Apologising with An Anxiety Disorder — I’m Not Sorry

Over-Apologising with An Anxiety Disorder — I’m Not Sorry

Sometimes I have to say I’m not sorry because I over-apologize thanks to my anxiety disorder. Apologising is a positive thing when done sincerely and is an act that can wield great power. In fact, it can often be an extremely brave thing to do indeed. To admit that you are somehow in the wrong is a vital part of human communication and is a skill that many stubborn people would do well to learn (I Was Wrong And I Am Sorry). However, for those of us with anxiety we can find ourselves saying sorry way too much and often unnecessarily. Sometimes I over-apologize because of my anxiety disorder.

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Anxiety Over a Loved One’s Health: Dos and Don’ts

Anxiety Over a Loved One’s Health: Dos and Don’ts

It’s common to experience anxiety over a loved one’s health. Whether someone lives with an anxiety disorder or if anxiety isn’t normally bothersome, when a loved one is facing health problems, most people experience some degree of worry and fear about whether a loved one will be okay. When facing anxiety over a loved one’s health, there are some dos and don’ts to help guide you and ease anxiety. 

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Five Character Strengths of People Living with Anxiety

Five Character Strengths of People Living with Anxiety

Five Character Strengths of People Living with Anxiety

If you are living with anxiety, chances are you scoff at the idea of anxiety and character strengths. A particularly nasty effect of anxiety is self-doubt and sometimes self-hatred (Anxiety and Negative Thoughts: How To Get Rid of Them). Having any type of anxiety disorder often, over time, leads people to to believe that anxiety defines who they are. That’s an understandable thought given how overpowering anxiety can be, but it’s a faulty one. People living with anxiety have many character strengths that truly are part of who they are. 

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Trusting And Expressing Your Opinions With Anxiety

Trusting And Expressing Your Opinions With Anxiety

Trusting and expressing your opinions as a person with anxiety can be tough. Plummeting self-esteem caused by an anxiety disorder can sometimes lead to us conforming a little more rigidly than we would like to. Growing up, I was too awkwardly self aware to express a single opinion that might have rubbed slightly against the grain. Anxiety robs you of that luxuriant arrogance of youth and continually makes you question the validity of your opinions (Anxiety And Self-Doubt). My problems in trusting and expressing my opinions due to anxiety affect every aspect of my life.

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Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety

Visualization Exercises Can Conquer Anxiety

Using visualization exercises to conquer anxiety is a very powerful thing to do. These techniques involve using the imagination to create vivid, realistic images of what you want to achieve—in this case, a life free from life-restricting anxiety. When you make them part of your anxiety treatment routine, you truly can conquer anxiety with visualization exercises. 

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Social Anxiety, Jumping to Conclusions, and Peace of Mind

Social Anxiety, Jumping to Conclusions, and Peace of Mind

Social anxiety, jumping to conclusions, and peace of mind: which one of the phrases doesn’t seem to fit with the others? In this particular set of words, three’s a crowd, and it seems that peace of mind doesn’t fit. Social anxiety and jumping to conclusions often go hand-in-hand, each make the other worse until a person’s brain is chaotic and swirling with anxious thoughts, fears, and worries. No wonder peace of mind doesn’t naturally fit. There’s no room. When jumping to conclusions is removed, there’s plenty of room for peace of mind even when social anxiety remains. 

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When Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Slows You Down

When Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) Slows You Down

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves excessive anxiety that often slows you down; and when it does, it can be maddening and stressful. Generalized anxiety disorder can make people feel as though they’re tarred and feathered, slowed down from real progress by a thick coat of heavy, gooey tar and coated in anxiety, represented by feathers. When generalized anxiety disorder slows you down, you  don’t have to give up. You can move foward. 

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About Julia Banim, Author of ‘Anxiety-Schmanxiety’

About Julia Banim, Author of ‘Anxiety-Schmanxiety’

Hi, my name is Julia Banim and I’m the new co-author of Anxiety-Schmanxiety. I’m a journalist based in Manchester, England. Reading and writing have long been a quiet refuge for me from the social situations that, admittedly, have never come too easily (What Is Social Anxiety Disorder [Social Phobia]?). Journalism, therefore, always felt like a natural career path for me.

I believe that writers should always strive to cover issues that are of personal significance to them. For me, this is anxiety, with all its messiness, humiliations and excessive worrying. I know how it feels to be wound tight as a spring for days, weeks, or months on end. I know how it feels to not realise how loud and fast you are breathing, how tightly you are clenching your fists, until the person next to you on the train looks at you with concern (Can People Without a Mental Illness Understand Us?).

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