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How To Improve Decision-Making Despite Anxiety

How To Improve Decision-Making Despite Anxiety

Anxiety can affect decision-making. Anxiety is a fact in the lives of many individuals, but for some it is much more present and even crippling (What is Anxiety? Anxiety Definition). For the extremely anxious, making decisions can be both difficult and burdensome.

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How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How to Minimize Dating Anxiety

How can you minimize dating anxiety? Could you really enjoy dating, feeling excited instead of anxious? Here's a simple change that will help. Read now.

Dating is awkward and many feel anxiety about dating. Throw some clinical anxiety into the mix and you’ve got a disaster on your hands. But you can minimize anxiety about dating.

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10 Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety in 10 Minutes Or Less

10 Tips to Reduce Your Anxiety in 10 Minutes Or Less

Anxiety, to put it simply, is apprehension over the unknown but you can reduce your anxiety in 10 minutes or less. Whether you are anxious about possibly leaving the oven on, or your five year plan, anxiety manifests itself as both physical and emotional responses in the body. This may leave you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and desperate for relief (Why Am I So Tired? Anxiety And Fatigue). Check out these 10 ways to reduce your anxiety in 10 minutes or less for help.

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The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

The Anxious Empath: Anxiety And Other People’s Feelings

Empaths are often anxious. Empathy is described as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. All humans have the ability to empathize in moments of tragedy, even if they have not experienced a similar situation. However, empathy is an innate trait that is more acutely developed in certain members of the population (Intense Anxiety And The Highly Sensitive Person). Empaths are individuals who are unconsciously affected by other people’s moods, desires, thoughts, and energies. They can, literally, feel the emotions of others in their bodies and attempt to carry these emotions on their shoulders without ever being asked. It’s for this reason that there are often anxious empaths.

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Treating Anxiety Author Bids A Happy New Year And Fond Farewell

Treating Anxiety Author Bids A Happy New Year And Fond Farewell

As 2015 winds down, let me start by wishing all of you a Happy New Year in 2016 from the Treating Anxiety Blog. 2015 was difficult for me, and I can’t say I’m sorry to see it go. But, I also end it on a hopeful note due to all I’ve learned about myself, living with anxiety, and simply being human. Which, sadly, leads me to my second wish. I also wish you all a fond farewell. This will be my last post from Treating Anxiety.

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Managing Our Anxiety About Terrorist Attacks

Managing Our Anxiety About Terrorist Attacks

Managing our anxiety about terrorist attacks is hard. It’s so abhorrent and baffling that it’s difficult to get our minds around it. It’s extremely upsetting. Terrorist attacks in Western countries like France and the United States are a very recent phenomenon. Here in the West, we’re still adjusting to the fact that terrorism has become part of our experience, too. It’s no longer something that only happens in far-away places that we’ve never heard of, or know very little about. As we’re managing our own anxiety about terrorist attacks, we’re also having to learn how to discuss war and terrorism with our children.

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The Dangers of Anxiety-Related Sleep Deprivation

The Dangers of Anxiety-Related Sleep Deprivation

Sleep deprivation can be a real danger to those of us with anxiety disorders, especially in the long term. Chronic lack of sleep has been linked to everything from poor concentration and being more prone to accidents, diabetes, heart disease, and early mortality. The irony is that mood disorders, like anxiety, increase sleep deprivation, which, in turn, increases anxiety. Here is some important information about the dangers of anxiety-related sleep deprivation, and some steps you can take to increase the quality of your sleep.

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Avoid Future-Tripping When You Have Anxiety

Avoid Future-Tripping When You Have Anxiety

One important skill to acquire when you you have anxiety is learning how to avoid future-tripping. “Future-tripping,” aka anticipatory anxiety, is part of the human condition of peering into the imagined future and anticipating the outcome. Everyone does this to some degree or other. It’s one of the blessings (or perhaps curses) of having a human brain with a frontal cortex. Being one of the only animals on earth that can even envision a future longer than a few moments, I suppose it’s only natural that we believe we know what’s going to happen. A person without anxiety disorder may see a pleasant outcome, while an anxious person will likely imagine the worst outcome possible. The truth is, we don’t know what’s going to happen. That’s why future-tripping when you have anxiety is a good thing to avoid.

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Ways to Lower Your Cortisol Levels and Your Anxiety

Ways to Lower Your Cortisol Levels and Your Anxiety

Most people with anxiety need to find ways to lower their cortisol levels to lower their anxiety. Cortisol is a chemical produced by your adrenal glands. It’s an important part of overall, robust health, because cortisol gives you the energy to face challenges and move past them. But, too much cortisol in your bloodstream causes and/or exacerbates anxiety, and can also wreak havoc on your health in lots of other ways. As part of self-help stress management, it’s important to find ways to lower your overall cortisol levels. This will also lessen your anxiety disorder symptoms.

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Ways to Manage Anxiety in Love Relationships

Ways to Manage Anxiety in Love Relationships

It’s no secret that managing anxiety in love relationships can be tricky. That’s because nothing can trigger anxiety like the intimacy and vulnerability of a relationship. It takes a lot for an anxious person to risk having their anxiety seen by an intimate partner, and that’s why it’s crucial to have some ways to manage anxiety when you find yourself in a love relationship.

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