Anxiety

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Procrastination / Avoidant Coping

August 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about how people do avoidant coping to avoid difficult thoughts and emotions getting triggered, or to escape from them once they are already occurring. I wrote that the first step to overcoming...

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Sarah Sarah is a people-pleaser. When people ask her to do things or invite her places, never in a million years would it occur to her that she could say “no” even if she wanted...

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Fatigue and Avoidance (under 400 words)

August 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Let’s think about a bear. A bear hibernates in winter to avoid the dangers of winter. Humans have evolved a similar mechanism. Sometimes when we sense a threat, our bodies respond by making us want...

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1 Minute Procrastination Tip.

August 5, 2011 | 0 Comments

Try this 1 min tip next time you notice yourself procrastinating about something important....

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Self Worth

August 1, 2011 | 5 Comments

I thought I’d do something I haven’t done before – open a post up for comments. This is my version of an exercise from Dr Kristin Neff’s book. The exercise is for helping you reduce...

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I’ve been getting lots of feedback that people like the visual learning tools. Modeled on the Healthy Food Pyramid. It’s a pdf. View or download it at the link below. Healthy Emotion Regulation Strategies Pyramid...

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This is a technique I use in sessions with clients that you can try yourself. Imagine back to a situation in which you needed an adult to be responsive to you and they weren’t. It...

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Most of the strategies that work for people who have “disorders” like depression or anxiety disorders, also work well for dealing with life in general. I like to try out the strategies I recommend to...

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Strategy for Feeling Instantly Calmer

June 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

You can use this strategy when you’re feeling – anxious, – tense, and/or – overly sped up, or like your thoughts and feelings are racing. An emotion is essentially just a set of physiological responses....

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The last couple of weeks I’ve been practicing mindfulness of self criticism. I’m attempting to notice when I’ve got a self critical internal monologue going on, rather than my own self criticism being so automatic...

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