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Goodbye OCD! (video)

Goodbye OCD! (video)

For the last few weeks, I have invited readers to say goodbye to their problems in my post Dear Fear: A “Dear John” Letter To Anxiety. I shared one reader’s letter to fear last week: “Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here!”

Today, I am sharing a Goodbye letter from another one of my readers. Ken from Redeker’s Travels wrote a Goodbye Letter to his OCD. His powerful words remind us that we can all change our relationship to our fears. Here, I read Goodbye OCD for you on video. Please watch.

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Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here! (video)

Fear, You Are Not Welcome Here! (video)

A few weeks ago, I invited people to write a goodbye letter to fear using my own letter as an example.

At the end I challenged readers:

Write a goodbye letter to fear.

Start with, “Dear Fear,” and let ‘em have it. Name your fears, tell what you have sacrificed, name its tricks and tactics, list your skills and knowledges, tell it what you’d rather do with your life if it no longer held you back. And then hang it in a place where you can see it, so you can read it everyday until the fear is gone.

Readers, what would you like to say? Dear Fear…..

Here are some of the responses. Watch me read a powerful goodbye letter to fear in this video.

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Demystifying Mental Health: Stigma Is Itself A Fear

Demystifying Mental Health: Stigma Is Itself A Fear

We all have a mental health.

And each of our mental health is in flex all of the time. We, our minds and our bodies and our hearts, change every moment. What separates people with so called “mental illness” (I hate this term) is an us-them mentality. A simple–while misdirected–belief that mentally ill people are different. And that begets fear.

I am very excited that  HealthyPlace.com began their Stand Up For Mental Health Campaign this week. This award winning website wants to break the stigma by having people join together and speak out about their problems! I say, let’s do it!

If we do it, other people will feel less alone and isolated. And I think that heals better than anything.

Help us spread  the word. Go here to put a button on your website like mine below.

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Dear Fear: A Dear John Letter To Your Anxiety

Dear Fear: A Dear John Letter To Your Anxiety

Dear Fear,

You are not dear, Fear. I am not sorry to say that this relationship is over! I have panicked enough! And I am done with you. Done. Done. Done. Done.

I am tired of you, anxiety. I will no longer let you stop me from being who I can be. Hold me back from my full potential. No more will I allow myself to listen to your lies, anxiety, telling me that I can’t handle life, that I have to stay home, seclude myself, and miss out on the fun. I have had it with your warnings that “something bad will happen” or that “I would embarrass myself” or “it will be awful.”

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Six Ways To Parent Children Through Anxiety

Six Ways To Parent Children Through Anxiety

At one time or another many of our children experience anxiety, worry, fear, and/or nervousness. As parents we lament our children’s suffering as it is our job to try to protect them. So when our children have anxiety-which is suffering-we panic.

This, of course, is the worst thing to do. We are teaching them that their fear is something to fear.

We must keep in mind that it is not fear that is the problem. Fear is biological and can be appropriate. (This fear can pass quickly.) When children experience anxiety, it is the fear of the fear that is the problem. In other words- it is the meaning we make around the fear that matter most to our mental state.

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Tricks and Tactics Of Anxiety: It Likes To Confuse Us

Tricks and Tactics Of Anxiety: It Likes To Confuse Us

Anxiety has many tricks and tactics it relies on to confuses us into submission. It always gives me a run for my money. When I have conquered one tactic, it tries something new, always keeping me confused so I am not sure which way is up. Anxiety can be very convincing! In the heat of the moment, it leaves me wondering which thoughts in my head are my skills and knowledges and which are lies Anxiety tells me to get me under its spell. Has this ever happened to you?

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Five Reasons To Let Go of Anxiety

Five Reasons To Let Go of Anxiety

Why Should You Let Go of Anxiety?

1. Anxiety has taken up too much of your life.

Anxiety takes loads of energy to sustain. It sucks that energy from you. So if Anxiety is around, you have much less energy for other important things in your life. There is nothing good about this waste. Life is precious, every moment is precious. (i.e., Loving and connecting with people trumps isolation to “protect yourself” from losing a loved one. Taking a risk beats forgoing great opportunities. Reaching out is more gratifying than letting words go unspoken.) Enough is enough! Live free from fear!

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Managing Panic Attacks: Ride The Wave of Panic

Managing Panic Attacks: Ride The Wave of Panic

Learn how managing a panic attack like a wave helps prevent the panic attack from consuming you. Here’s an simple, effective method for managing panic attacks.
The feeling of an oncoming panic attack is like a wave; managing the panic attack seems hopeless. It begins by lapping at your feet, or at the outermost portions of your brain. Oh no, what if I get anxious right now.

Oh no, I don’t want to feel this way! Oh no!

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Guilt Can Immobilize or Motivate You (Video)

Guilt Can Immobilize or Motivate You (Video)

Guilt can mobilize or motivate. Which would you prefer?  Guilt is an all too common trigger for anxiety. This video covers what to do about it.

Guilt Can Immobilize

Guilt keeps us stuck when we feel like we are unforgivable. It is so definite, there is no room for anything else. Why try anything or attempt to see yourself another way? You are unforgivable. This thought pattern not only keeps you from healing, it also prevents you from contributing to anyone around you. It can make you anxious, avoid activities and people, and let go of dreams and relationships.

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How to Deal With Anxiety-Style Decision and Indecision

How to Deal With Anxiety-Style Decision and Indecision

Anxiety affects so many areas of our lives, mostly because it negatively affects decision-making. When you think about it, your ability to make a decision, any decision, affects everything you do. Anxiety infuses confusion into our decision-making, and that makes all areas of life more difficult (Anxiety and Over-Thinking Everything).

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