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Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Reduces Anxiety

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Reduces Anxiety

Rational emotive behavior therapy can help correct irrational thoughts that lead to anxiety. What are your irrational thoughts? Try this REBT exercise.

I recently attended a rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) training and I began thinking more about using it to reduce my own anxiety. Rational emotive behavior therapy, the first form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), was developed by Albert Ellis in the 1950s. The REBT approach encourages us to dispute irrational thinking to develop healthy emotional self-regulation.

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What to Do When Anxiety Affects Concentration

What to Do When Anxiety Affects Concentration

Is anxiety affecting your concentration? The inability to concentrate is a challenging anxiety symptom that affects many. Here are some ideas to get past it.

Is anxiety affecting your concentration? If you suffer from anxiety, you likely know that a common anxiety symptom is difficulty in concentration. Anxiety can send us into a true tailspin of disruptive and irrational thinking that can affect our ability to focus.

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Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive Restructuring: A CBT Technique for Social Anxiety

Cognitive restructuring is a cognitive behavioral therapy technique to help you reduce social anxiety. Try this cognitive restructuring exercise for yourself.

Limiting beliefs and thoughts are often at the root of social anxiety. If we trust these limiting beliefs, we give our thoughts undue power. Cognitive restructuring is one technique used in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat social anxiety.

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5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Anxiety Naturally

5 Ways to Ease Seasonal Anxiety Naturally

You can manage seasonal anxiety naturally, without medication in many cases. Learn how to ease seasonal anxiety naturally with these simple tips.

I experience seasonal anxiety, so naturally I expect it–but never as soon as it appears. Today I peered out the window, and there it was. A wave of anxiety rolled through my body. It was a familiar jolt that reacted to a common anxiety trigger—a cold, blustery day with a sky darker than my favorite charcoal gray t-shirt. Autumn is here and winter is coming. Naturally, seasonal anxiety is too.

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What to Do When Family Holidays Trigger Anxiety

What to Do When Family Holidays Trigger Anxiety

With family holidays approaching, anxiety triggers might already be popping up for you. Learn how to manage family holiday anxiety triggers with one question.

Do family holidays trigger your anxiety? Family relationships can trigger anxieties, so chances are that the holidays are particularly challenging. While holidays can be a time to connect with loved ones, there are many situations that may lead to anxiety symptoms. The question becomes, “How can we deal with anxiety triggers when family holidays are around the corner?”

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How to Cope If Hashtag #Metoo Triggers Trauma Memories

How to Cope If Hashtag #Metoo Triggers Trauma Memories

Hashtag #metoo triggered trauma memories for some. You're not alone: Even positive events meant to empower can trigger trauma memories. Here's how to cope.

Even positive events can trigger trauma memories sometimes. This week, the hashtag #metoo flooded social media accounts to demonstrate the widespread problem of sexual assault and harassment. We witnessed a multitude of voices share deep-seated shame and anxiety associated with trauma. Whether through a simple #metoo or a painful story, we unloaded our burdens. While freeing for many, the hashtag could have triggered trauma memories for some.

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How to Manage Anxiety About World Events If You’re an Empath

How to Manage Anxiety About World Events If You’re an Empath

Everyone can manage anxiety in the face of tragic world events, including empaths. Learn how to manage anxiety when world news sends you into empathy overload.

Is there a good way to manage anxiety about world events if you’re an empath? If you feel like the world is falling apart, you’re not alone. Although empathy is more acutely developed in highly sensitive people, you don’t have to be an empath to feel anxious. So it’s pretty easy to feel overwhelmed these days, especially with this week’s tragic incident in Las Vegas. Everywhere we turn, it seems we see endless violence and natural disasters. Managing the anxiety caused by world events takes special skill.

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Rethink Yoga: The Bee’s Breath Technique Reduces Anxiety

Rethink Yoga: The Bee’s Breath Technique Reduces Anxiety

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.

We need to rethink yoga. 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 it will get you breathing deeply without having to focus on your breath as you rethink yoga.

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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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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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