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Change the Anxiety Words in Your Vocabulary

Change the Anxiety Words in Your Vocabulary

The anxiety words you use control how you think and feel. Change that by changing the anxiety words in your vocabulary. Learn what to replace them with here.

You can use words as a tool to conquer anxiety by changing the anxiety words in your vocabulary. The saying is true: “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Fighting anxiety, struggling, and thrashing against it keeps your energy and focus on anxiety. But how can you replace fighting — with your words. Specifically, change the anxiety words in your vocabulary. Changing how you think will change how you act, how you are, and how you live.

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Doubt and Uncertainty

OCD doubt and worry can become obsessions that make you second-guess your every move. Learn one method for dealing with OCD doubt and uncertainty here. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) doubt and uncertainty is something I’ve struggled with since I was a young child. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often dubbed “the doubting disease” because it makes you second-guess yourself. And uncertainty about life can make my anxiety skyrocket. Obsessive-compulsive disorder doubt and uncertainty about life can be debilitating, but I am finding small ways to cope.

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How To Reduce Work Anxiety

How To Reduce Work Anxiety

Reduce work anxiety with this tool. Create it, use it, and benefit by reducing work anxiety. Chances are, you're doing better at work than anxiety thinks.

It’s important to reduce work anxiety because it is interfering with the job success and satisfaction of over half of all working Americans.1 Numbers are likely as high in many other countries, too. Performance anxiety, a sense of perfectionism, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety can all hinder our ability to do well at work. Problems at work because of anxiety lead to more anxiety. As anxiety grows bigger, its sheer size blocks us from moving forward and creating a positive work experience for ourselves. It seems like a never-ending cycle, and when work-related anxiety blocks our way forward, it can feel like we’re doomed to be stuck. Fortunately, this isn’t the case at all. You can reduce work anxiety when it gets in your way.

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Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in Romantic Relationships — It’s Complicated

Anxiety in romantic relationships adds an extra level of complication. Learn about anxiety in your romantic relationships and how to counteract its effects.Anxiety in romantic relationships, for better or worse, complicates love. I’ve had a variety of significant others. Some partners were supportive of my mental conditions, while others were not sympathetic to any significant degree. I’ve had to deal with many problems, such as rejection and anxiety about the state of my relationships. Though anxiety complicates my romantic relationships, it doesn’t make romance impossible for me.

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Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Calm Anxious Negative Thoughts in Seconds

Anxious negative thoughts can be a thing of the past when you change your focus. Reduce anxiety and change anxious negative thoughts by doing this one thing.

Anxious negative thoughts play a huge role in the worries, fears, and what-ifs of all types of anxiety. In turn, the worries, fears, and what-ifs fuel anxious negative thoughts. The relationship between our thoughts and our anxiety is complex, enmeshed, and downright unhealthy for us. That said, you are neither a victim nor a prisoner of your anxious negative thoughts. Despite how it might seem, you can change how you think and reduce anxiety in the process by making one shift.

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Three Hobbies to Calm Anxiety that Work for Me

Three Hobbies to Calm Anxiety that Work for Me

Hobbies to calm anxiety include different things for different people. Here are my coping tools -- the three hobbies I use to calm my anxiety. Take a look.

Hobbies can calm anxiety, and I use them as self-help in my daily mental health struggles. A friend recently asked me what alleviates my anxiety. I quickly quipped that I’m always anxious, and then I realized that isn’t exactly true. My passions—music, reading, and writing—may never make me rich. But these hobbies allow me to calm my anxiety and are valuable mental health self-help tools.

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18 Ways to Reduce Anxiety This Year

18 Ways to Reduce Anxiety This Year

Need ways to reduce anxiety? Check this list of 18 ways to reduce anxiety for useful tools that help lower anxiety in the new year and beyond. Take a look.

This is your year to find ways to reduce anxiety. Most likely, you’ve been working on doing so already, which means you have a head start. You may have already experienced successes, and you can build on that momentum this year. You might also have experienced setbacks and difficulties getting rid of worries, fears, social anxiety, racing or obsessive thoughts, and the myriad effects and symptoms of anxiety. This is why it’s important to celebrate a new year. A new year is symbolic of a fresh start. You can learn new ways to reduce anxiety in 2018.

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Increase Your Uncertainty Tolerance and Decrease Anxiety

Increase Your Uncertainty Tolerance and Decrease Anxiety

Increasing your uncertainty intolerance can reduce anxiety. You can decrease your anxiety and lift the limits it imposes on your life--here's how. Take a look.

If you increase your uncertainty intolerance, your anxiety level will decrease. Facing uncertainty—not knowing what is going to happen in your life on both big and small scales—can cause or increase anxiety. Being really uncomfortable with uncertainty, officially called uncertainty intolerance (and sometimes referred to as fear of the unknown), is common in people living with anxiety. If you find yourself worried, anxious, and stressed when you can’t predict what’s going to happen, here’s a helpful certainty: you can do something about this type of anxiety and increase your uncertainty intolerance, and overall mental health, in the process.

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Lower Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts–Not Focusing on Them

Lower Anxiety by Focusing Your Thoughts–Not Focusing on Them

Focusing your thoughts on anything other than anxiety lowers anxiety. When our thoughts race, it's hard to think about anything else--but you can change focus.

Focusing our thoughts is a powerful way to reduce anxiety because we’re taking charge of our thoughts. A frustrating thing about anxiety is that it seems to take over. It invades our thoughts and runs wild with them. All types of anxiety involve racing thoughts, and racing thoughts are unfocused thoughts. Or perhaps they are focused, it’s just that they’re  focused on worries, fears, negative self-judgments, and traps we’re stuck in. You can calm your mind and reduce anxiety by focusing your thoughts.

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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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