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How to Respond to Anxiety When It Says ‘You Can’t Do That!’

How to Respond to Anxiety When It Says ‘You Can’t Do That!’

How do you respond to anxiety when it says you can't do something? Do you believe anxiety? If so, here's how to respond when anxiety says "you can't do that."

When anxiety says you can’t _____ (fill in the blank with whatever it is you think you can’t do), it’s frustrating, and it can be tempting to give up. Why bother trying to move forward when anxiety is screaming at you, attempting to convince you that you can’t do something? There are important reasons we should bother moving forward despite being anxious and believing we can’t do something: We are living our lives, we have goals, passions, and purpose, and anxiety is wrong (12 Lies Anxiety Tells You). You can respond to anxiety to take away its voice. You can respond when anxiety says you can’t do something.

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The Relationship Between Anxiety and Awe

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Awe

There is a strong relationship between anxiety and awe. What does awe have to do with anxiety? Here's how anxiety and awe relate and how to reduce anxiety.

There is a strong correlation between anxiety and awe, or, rather, there’s a strong correlation between a sense of awe and a reduced experience of anxiety.  This makes perfect sense, as both anxiety and awe involve a specific focus and way of thinking–and each one is the opposite of the other. The relationship between anxiety and awe is fairly simple. The more we seek and create the experience of awe, the lower our anxiety becomes. 

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Anxiety, Indecisiveness, and Frustration

Anxiety, Indecisiveness, and Frustration

A common effect of anxiety that can cause frustration is indecisiveness. Like depression and indecision, anxiety can make it difficult for people to make decisions, and not just the big, life decisions, either. With anxiety, it can be hard to make any decision, even ones that seem small and insignificant to others. This indecisiveness isn’t intentional; instead, indecisiveness is an effect of anxiety that creates a high degree of frustration. 

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Recreate Yourself Without Anxiety And Depression

Recreate Yourself Without Anxiety And Depression

To recreate yourself without anxiety and depression is a wonderful, liberating thing to do. Anxiety and depression are heavy burdens that can seem to completely overtake our lives. Anxiety keeps us trapped in things such as worry and fear, and depression weights us down and zaps joy and energy. The symptoms of anxiety and the symptoms of depression sometimes feel like our identity, like who we have become. A powerful way to break free from the all-consuming trap of anxiety and depression is to recreate yourself without anxiety and depression.

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Avoidance and Agoraphobia Come from Fear, Not Failure

Avoidance and Agoraphobia Come from Fear, Not Failure

Avoidance and agoraphobia come from fear, and they involve someone removing him/herself from a problematic situation. Neither avoidance nor agoraphobia is a sign of failure or weakness. They’re coping mechanisms. Why do people avoid anxiety-provoking or otherwise uncomfortable situations, and more, why do they develop agoraphobia? Some myths and stereotypes say that people living with agoraphobia are weak or lazy, failures at various things (Fear and Anxiety; The Meaning of Fear). Here’s why that’s wrong. 

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Age-Related Anxiety, or What Should I Have Done Already?

Age-Related Anxiety, or What Should I Have Done Already?

I understand age-related anxiety. I’m going to turn 25 on the 21st of January. This is, of course, hardly an advanced age but, still, it feels like kind of a landmark birthday. The Internet is littered with lists of things that you should do and places you should travel to by this age, almost as if it is some sort of cut off date for being young and reckless. And I’ve never, in all honesty, been all that good at being young and reckless. I’m incredibly cautious and am terrified of most things so the thought of dropping everything and going backpacking in some faraway country is beyond my comprehension. This is, of course, difficult, as photographic depictions of youth in the media generally focus on perfectly slim, young things with seemingly limitless bank accounts leaping from waterfalls and laughing in exotic locations (Body-Image Distortion a Growing Problem Among Women and Men). Age-related anxiety is something I’m experiencing.

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Anxiety: Best of 2015 List

Anxiety: Best of 2015 List

Few people would place anxiety among their “best of 2015” lists. It is, though, that time when the year winds down and “best of” lists abound. Is it possible to make a list entitled “Anxiety: Best of 2015?” Not only is it possible, it’s actually a pretty good thing to do (How To Create An Emergency Anxiety Tool Kit). Here’s how to make a best of 2015 list for anxiety and why you should consider making one of your own. 

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Anxiety and Your Sense of Control

Anxiety and Your Sense of Control

Anxiety and your sense of control are related. Lacking a sense of control can cause anxiety symptoms, worry, and fear. How do you regain control? Read this.width=

Anxiety is often related to a sense of control; anxiety can be caused by a lack of a sense of control in one or more areas of life. This lack of control can cause a powerless feeling in the face of fears and worries. The lack of a sense of control can leave us feeling anxious, worried, or fearful when we don’t think we should be. When you feel a vague, nagging worry, tension, edginess, or irritability but, frustratingly, can’t identify a reason, perhaps the anxiety is connected to sense of control. How, exactly, can this sense of control cause anxiety? And what can we do about it? 

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Anxiety Symptoms Coming Across as Lying

Anxiety Symptoms Coming Across as Lying

Anxiety symptoms can sometime come across like we’re lying. In my third year of university I was accused by a flatmate of stealing a five pound note from a collection that, as a flat, we had scraped together for a group Easter meal. I may have been mistaken for lying because of my anxiety symptoms. Not a huge amount, but this incident continues to hurt me long into my graduate life.

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Decrease Stigma: Social Anxiety Disorder Is Not Shyness

Decrease Stigma: Social Anxiety Disorder Is Not Shyness

Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is a stigmatized disorder, and we need to separate social anxiety disorder and shyness to decrease stigma (What Is Stigma?). Some people say that people with SAD are just shy, which is perceived as cute, and if we were to go out more it wouldn’t be so bad. This belief does not separate shyness from social anxiety disorder, and they are not decreasing the stigma around social anxiety disorder.

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