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Anxiety vs. Fear

Anxiety vs. Fear

  • Fear is what you feel in the moment when someone comes at you with a knife. 
  • Anxiety is about the anticipation of an event. Anxiety is often problem-solving — but without the solving part.

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Practices to tend to your emotions

Practices to tend to your emotions

  • Catch yourself worrying. 
  • Turn your attention to your body and notice sensations you can identify (muscles are tense, heart beating nausea).
  • Don’t get involved with your worrisome thoughts
  • Try to label or name your emotion, whether it’s ...

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Avoiding bad feelings doesn't work

Avoiding bad feelings doesn't work

Whenever you have the urge to avoid, you need to realize that’s an opportunity to weaken your worries. It’s a chance to practice more mindfulness. Shift your focus away from your thoughts and back to the concrete world.

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Recognizing warning signs

Recognizing warning signs

The most dangerous emotions are the ones you don’t know are affecting you. When you know what happens when the worries start, you’ll be relieved and you'll also be able to do something constructive about them. So make a list with thoughts you have when you get worried, physical sensa...

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Mindfulness = anxiety antidote

Mindfulness = anxiety antidote

Trying to push the worries out of your head is inherently problematic because to be vigilant about not thinking about something, your brain needs to keep it in mind. 

Mindfulness does the opposite by making you aware of your state of anxiousness.

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Build the Mindfulness muscles

Build the Mindfulness muscles

  • Acceptance: accept that the worries are here and stop trying to make them go away.
  • Attention: get out of your thoughts and focus on the world around you.
  • Labeling: When a worry pops up, label it as “a worrying thought.” It’s not you. Do not identify with...

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Opposite Action

Opposite Action

It’s a technique where you deliberately expose yourself to the thing that is making you anxious.

It helps your brain to figure out which places or people are not actually dangerous and don’t need to be avoided. Once your brain makes that connection, your fear tends to diminish, y...

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Anxiety Vs Negative Emotion

Negative emotions (lack of confidence, toxic energy, fear) can also cause anxiety. The difference between the two is the feeling of being unsafe that comes with anxiety.

When you are anxious, the ability to think clearly is lost, and so is the perspective. Breathing exercises and m...

Fear

Fear is a universal experience. It is not a dreadful thing to feel fear when faced with the unknown. It's part of being alive.

We should become intimate with fear instead of treating it as a problem to be solved. Out of that arises strength.

What Anxiety Says

What Anxiety Says

Anxiety makes us uncomfortable. It is our brain's way of telling us that something bad is happening and that we should do something about it right now.

But, the problem is that we do things to relieve our anxiety. It's exactly the reason why this "anxiety" that we have at t...

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