Overcoming Everyday Anxiety
Anxiety happens when we perceive a threat. Fear of running out of gas will cause you to feel anxiety. A notice about downsizing will create anxiety. Everyday anxiety is manageable with three steps:
- Identify the cause when you feel anxious.
- Develop a plan for removing the cause.
- The most forgotten step of all—form a contingency plan to cope with the threat if it actually materializes.
Implementing this life skill approach to anxiety will usually reduce suffering. Apply it when anxiety strikes, even at night to stop tossing and turning in your sleep. Note that anxiety disorders also exist. Too much anxiety can be debilitating, so if fear, panic, and a feeling of being overwhelmed are gripping you, then talk to the EAP or your health provider.
Keith Stein |