Things to Do to Overcome Anxiety
Try These 6 Techniques I Use in My Psychotherapy Practice
At some point in our lives, most of us will have to cope with, or manage feelings of, anxiety and loneliness. The good news is that there are a number of cognitive learning techniques that are well-tested and very effective in reducing anxiety.
Here is a list of just a few techniques that I use in my work:
• Identifying and changing negative “predictions” that are based on future speculations not yet founded on evidence or fact
• Learning effective and clear communication skills to improve interpersonal relationships
• Visualizations that increase self-esteem and confidence
• Acceptance techniques when appropriate
• Positive affirmations
Sometimes Anxiety and Loneliness Go Hand-in-Hand
One of the common reactions to anxiety is for a person to withdraw or isolate. Actually, more and more people are experiencing loneliness. And being in a relationship does not protect a person from loneliness or isolation. In a study published in 2013, over 1600 adults were followed for six years. Out of 43 percent of the participants who reported chronic loneliness, more than half were married or in long term relationships. Loneliness is not just an experience of isolation caused by external factors in the outside world. It can also be a subjective experience caused by no or little significant outside cause.
Psychotherapy with an Experienced Therapist Is an Excellent Setting to Explore these Techniques.
Psychotherapy provides a safe forum to explore anxiety and loneliness. You can definitely learn techniques to reduce stress, improve interpersonal skills and increase general satisfaction in your professional and personal life.