Peace is possible. Here are some tips to help you on your path:
- Avoid caffeine and recreational drugs
- This is a FREE method that can reduce up to 70% of your anxiety symptoms.
- Did we mention that it’s free??
- Calm your body
- Slow your breathing to four counts in, four counts out.
- Slowly tense and then relax different muscle groups (e.g. hands, biceps, chest, abs, etc.)
- These exercises trick your brain into thinking you’re less anxious than you are.
- Approach whatever you are avoiding
- Avoiding situations, people, emotions, or memories may be a relief in the moment, but ultimately it increases your anxiety.
- Allow negative experiences to happen. Learn that you can handle it.
- Catch anxious thinking.
- Notice it. Label the thoughts as anxiety, not reality.
- What if…the worst happens?
- Taking one worry and attaching related worries into a huge worry snowball.
- Making excuses for why you can’t do or feel something.
- (Fair warning – these excuses seem REALLY reasonable.)
- Hold onto eternal truths
- Meditate on Scriptures that are not dependent on circumstances:
- The Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9b)
- God is love. (1 John 4:16)
- Christ accepted me. (Romans 15:7)
- Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
- Watch Paige Smith Discuss Anxiety (YouTube)
- Dealing With Depression
- How to Battle Depression
- Feeling Anxious? – How to Find Inner Peace and Regain Balance
Providers With This Specialty
Veronica Johnson, Psy.D.
Catherine Scholz, M.Ed., LPC
C. Paige Smith, M.A., LPC
Timi Schuessler, M.A., LPC
Jessica Vaeth, M.A., LPC
Doyle Lott, MSSA, LCSW
Michelle Anderson, M.A., LPC
Natalie Van Dusen, Psy.D.
Christin Gardner, M.A., LPCC
Randy Reed, M.A., LPCC
Darla Schmidt, M.A., LPC
Our interns are also trained in anxiety treatment