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Two Main Causes of Anxiety You Can Do Something About

Two Main Causes of Anxiety You Can Do Something About

These main causes of anxiety produce many unpleasant anxiety symptoms. What are two main anxiety causes and what can you do about them? Learn that answer here.

Sometimes, knowing the main causes of anxiety isn’t necessary. Sometimes, it’s not even desirable because working to uncover the causes of your anxiety could do more harm than good. There are times, however, that knowing the main cause of your anxiety can be very helpful because it gives you something tangible to address. Let’s look at two main causes of anxiety and discover how to remove them.

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My Life Is Chaos but I Must Cope with Anxiety Anyway

My Life Is Chaos but I Must Cope with Anxiety Anyway

My life is chaos, and sometimes I don't know how I manage it. Coping with anxiety can be difficult in a life of chaos, but it is not impossible. Try these tips.My life is chaos and that makes coping with anxiety difficult. In this house, there is always something going on, whether it’s family drama, the dogs barking at everything, or something essential changing. At present, there is no clear path to my desk because my aunt recently moved in. I know I will go to the storage unit soon and fix this overcrowded situation. In the meantime, it is hard not to let the abundance of personal belongings drive me to distraction. For me, I have to find ways to get things done with anxiety even when life is in chaos.

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Gratitude Helps Anxiety So Play This Gratitude Game Today

Gratitude Helps Anxiety So Play This Gratitude Game Today

You can use gratitude to help anxiety when you Know what gratitude is and is not. Discover a gratitude game that helps anxiety and teaches thankfulness here.

Mental health experts agree: feeling and expressing gratitude helps anxiety. However, when you live with anxiety, it hardly seems possible that gratitude can lower or help anxiety. For one thing, it can be challenging to find things for which to feel grateful when you’re living in the grips of anxiety. For another, how can being grateful for something help anxiety? Once you know what gratitude is and is not, you can use thankfulness to improve your mental health. Even better, you can get light-hearted (something refreshing when you have anxiety) and play a gratitude game to reduce anxiety.

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Three Mindfulness Tools for Do-It-Yourself Anxiety Relief

Three Mindfulness Tools for Do-It-Yourself Anxiety Relief

You can learn to make DIY mindfulness tools to lower your anxiety. Use these three mindfulness objects for DIY anxiety relief now, in the present moment.

Put your anxiety relief into your own hands with do-it-yourself (DIY) mindfulness tools. Make some objects to add to your growing toolbox of strategies to lower your anxiety. An anxiety toolbox refers to techniques you use to reduce anxiety, both in the immediate moment and long term. Some tools are actual objects, such as a jar of bubbles to foster slow, deep breathing. Other comfort objects reduce anxiety as well. Here are three mindfulness tools you can make for DIY anxiety relief.

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Recognize OCD Rituals to Find Self-Understanding and Relief

Recognize OCD Rituals to Find Self-Understanding and Relief

Once I recognized my OCD rituals, I was able to find some relief from OCD. Identifying OCD rituals is a journey of self-discovery that leads to greater peace.

Recognizing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) rituals can be an important journey of self-discovery. Obsessive-compulsive disorder sufferers often have mental rituals that help lessen their worries and unwanted thoughts. When a sufferer performs an OCD ritual, it can temporarily help relieve anxiety. The rituals may seem illogical to those who don’t have the disorder. But to those who suffer from this often-devastating condition, recognizing OCD rituals and their triggers can sometimes lead to greater self-understanding and relief.

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Reduce Holiday Anxiety with These 7 Coping Ahead Tips

Reduce Holiday Anxiety with These 7 Coping Ahead Tips

Reduce holiday anxiety by working with seven common holiday anxiety causes. Using the seven causes to reduce holiday anxiety can help you enjoy your holidays.

You can reduce holiday anxiety, a very real experience, by coping ahead of time. Contrary to what greeting cards and advertisements depict, the holidays aren’t always relaxed and happy-go-lucky. Lots of things conspire to make our anxiety spike, and linger, from before Thanksgiving all the way through the New Year. You don’t have to let holiday anxiety dampen your spirit. Check out 7 Causes of Holiday Anxiety if you missed it. Then, take some of the actions below to reduce holiday anxiety at its core cause.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Anxiety Treatment

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for Anxiety Treatment

The anxiety treatment mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is a program designed to lower stress and anxiety. Learn about MBSR as an anxiety treatment.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction, or MBSR, for anxiety is much more than just a long, official-sounding, somewhat intimidating name. MBSR is an accessible process that helps people of all ages, beliefs, and backgrounds turn stress and struggles like anxiety into positive change for their lives. Developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1979, MBSR is a program that uses mindfulness to enhance wellbeing. In doing that, MBSR reduces stress and anxiety when they interfere in your life. Whether or not you participate in a formal program, you can use MBSR to rein in your anxiety and stress.

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How to Deal with Both Anxiety and Irritability

How to Deal with Both Anxiety and Irritability

Anxiety and Irritability often occur together thanks to automatic negative thought patterns. These techniques can help you reduce anxiety and irritability.

Anxiety and irritability are often connected. Ever have days when, in addition to feeling wired and anxious, you feel irritated and annoyed at almost everything—and everyone? Anxiety has a way of turning this into a growing problem. Rather than feeling irritable and moving on, anxiety makes people worry about the consequences of things they do or say when irritable and creates feelings of guilt. Guilt increases anxiety, and annoyance at the whole situation builds. This feels like an inescapable horror, but you can escape this cycle of anxiety and irritability.

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Step-by-Step Plan to Get Through the Day with Anxiety

Step-by-Step Plan to Get Through the Day with Anxiety

Anxiety can make it hard to get through the day. This step-by-step plan creates a routine that will empower you to move forward through the day despite anxiety.

It can seem impossible to get through an entire day when you have anxiety. Anxiety can be severe, and it can make hard to get out of bed in the morning, let alone function. Having a step-by-step plan will help you get through your day with anxiety.

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What Is Defusion and How Does It Reduce Anxiety?

What Is Defusion and How Does It Reduce Anxiety?

Defusion is a tool to help you reduce anxiety by separating yourself from anxiety. Read more about what defusion is and how you use it to reduce anxiety.

Defusion means becoming unstuck from something, in this case, anxiety. Anxiety often looms large. It consumes our thoughts and emotions and it impacts our actions, too. Anxiety sticks to us, and we to it when all of our time and energy, thoughts and feelings, actions or lack of action are fused with anxiety. To reduce anxiety, we need to separate ourselves from anxiety. In acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), this is called defusion. Defusion can really help with anxiety.

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