Sunday’s Great Anxiety Treatment Debate: Techniques VS Strategies

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I wanted to spur a little debate when it comes to todays treatments for anxiety. Many online anxiety and panic attack ‘gurus’ have made quite a living by selling certain techniques that make us believe will lead to an instant cure for anxiety and panic attacks. But they’re not the only ones, many therapists for anxiety/panic disorder today are more then happy to jump on the techniques and trickery bandwagon as well.

I have no problem with techniques to deal with anxiety and panic attacks, but what happens when they stop working or don’t work at all?

The problem I see when so called ‘experts’ hand out these miracle anxiety curing techniques, is that they mask a problem that doesn’t neccessarily take care of the main issue. Take for instance panic attacks, when someone comes to me for coaching advice on dealing with panic attacks I know exactly what that person is dealing with.

“Within 5 minutes of speaking with the panic attack sufferer, I know how deep their pain truly goes”

At this point there are two things I can do:

how to handle anxiety and panic attacks

Now there’s the road you want to be on.

1) Sit down with that person suffering from panic attacks, and give them certain techniques and coping scenarios that will lead to a windy road that takes them around the problem, sometimes.

2) Show them a set strategy that tackles the thought process and actions that leads to full blown panic attacks. Thus moving them through and with their fears in a systematic and guided fashion that builds confidence in the face of their fears.

Do you see the difference?

This is why i’m not a big fan of these itty bitty techniques that only help people cope with anxiety and panic attacks. I believe that in order to turn a monster into a fly, you have to show that monster that you won’t be pushed around by his intimidating ways.

But can a technique be implemented into a strategy to overcome anxiety and panic attacks?

I guess, but it shouldn’t be the end all be all when it comes to the way you handle your anxious conditioning. So here’s my humble advice if you are one of those sufferers searching frantically online for a solution to your bewildering state:

If someone’s idea of treating your anxiety falls solely into the category of techniques and tricks to help you cope, stand up and walk out the door. Find someone who’s been in your anxious shoes, and ask for some concrete and proven advice that leads to a strategy for handling your anxiety and panic attacks naturally.

If you were an expert on the subject of anxiety would you be more on the side of techniques, strategies or a little bit of both? Share your insights in the comments section below.



3 Big Reasons You Should Consider Alternatives To Anxiety Therapy

truth about anxiety therapy

OK let’s get one thing straight here, I simply have nothing against therapy for anxiety. BUT, saying that i’ll still never be able to get back the THOUSANDS of dollars I spent on anxiety therapy during my 6 year battle with anxiety disorders. But you’re reading this post because you want the truth right? You also want to know if there are better alternatives to anxiety therapy that may be cheaper, and work better in helping you through your anxiety naturally (revealed in my next post) correct?


The Truth Is That Anxiety Therapy Is:

1) Costly

2) Doesn’t work most of the time

3) leaves you in a state of coping

Let’s look at the first one:

The cost.

Don’t be surprised if the cost of therapy builds up your heightened levels of stress and anxiety even more. Therapy for anxiety simply costs you an arm and a leg. At an average of $175 per hour (in Canada) the anxiety therapy business is booming. Most therapists I know are all fully booked and can’t take in anymore clients. Funny thing is, most clients of the anxiety therapy friends I have are all LONG TERM CLIENTS. Which brings me to my second point which is:

It Doesn’t Work Most Of The TimeTherapy for anxiety doesn't work

You heard me right, anxiety therapy doesn’t work… most of the time. Isn’t that just mind blowing when you think about the amount that people spend to get therapy for anxiety? I’ve come to the simple conclusion that anxiety therapists also have to treat this as a business, I mean it is their livelihood right? Which brings us to the simple conclusion that MOST anxiety therapists don’t want to solve your anxiety issues. Instead, they want to feed you a few crumbs here and there so that you keep coming back. How else can you explain the numbers that keep rising in the world of generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and any other form of mental health challenges?

A State Of Constant Coping With Your Anxiety

Unveiling your past over and over, constantly bringing up the traumatic events that have shaped you to become an anxious wreck, it all just leaves you stuck. The idea of eliminating your anxiety disorder all together and stopping the constant coping cycle, can only be reached when you’ve terminated the anxious programming you are under. This means that you simply MUST stop engaging in consistent conversations about your anxiety, panic, or whatever mental health challenges you face!

During the years of battle with my panic and anxiety there was one thing that kept me in a constant cycle of anxiety, and that was the simple idea of being too scared to fully recover from an anxiety disorder. Believe it or not, the unknown world of full recovery and getting my life back was so foreign and scary to me, that I subconsciously fought the idea. The first step to recovery from an anxiety disorder begins with understanding that becoming a fully functional person again is not only possible, but can be potentially accomplished in a short amount of time as I found out. Once this belief has been implanted in the roots of your mind, only then should you embark on tools and a proven strategy to stop your anxiety disorder naturally.

In the next post i’m going to share with you 3 of the best natural alternatives to anxiety therapy, so don’t forget to follow The Anxious Athlete blog or Like the #1 anxiety support group on Facebook.

The A,B,C’s Of Dealing With Anxiety

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Anxiety is an uncomfortable state of inner havoc; it is often accompanied by nervous behavior. These tips on dealing with anxiety will be helpful for you to manage your fears. So let’s get to:

The A,B,C’s Of Dealing With Anxiety

You need to get rid of all anxiety inducing foods and/or drinks from your diet. You may be facing having to deal with your anxiety because your diet plan is simply not balanced. Black coffee and fried foods can cause severe anxiety problems; So you may need to switch over to decaffeinated and herbal teas for some weeks, and in the meantime get rid of all fried foods for good. If dieting to lower anxiety levels is a problem for you check out The complete nutrition plan for stress and anxiety, a great book for people who need guidance when it comes to diet.

Dealing with anxiety without medication is very important, you may need to do relaxing exercises such as yoga, deep breathing, tai chi, — these will help relax your mind and body. For instance, deep breathing is helpful in relaxing a main nerve that goes from the diaphragm to the brain, it will relax your body a great deal.

You also may need to sleep for consecutive hours to regain a sense of peace and rid yourself of heightened stress levels. It is also helpful in exchanging your thoughts or troublesome feelings with other friends and family. Sharing your problems will relax your mind, and you will feel a sense of release afterwards.

Sometimes feelings of anxiety arise in you because you are simply thinking in a negative manner. Practicing optimism and building confidence over your anxiety will in time get you on the path to stopping your anxiety naturally.

You do not need to overwhelm yourself, try and manage your tasks with proper planning. If you have too much work in the office for example, take some work along with you and get it done after you’ve spent some time on yourself as you work through your anxiety.

If you’re looking for a proven way out of your anxiety, the End The Anxiety program is a natural solution to your anxiety disorder problems. Through our easy to understand audio’s and highest level of professional support, the program has been proven to work for people suffering for days to years.

Motivation Monday!

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Monday doesn’t have to be a day of ‘here we go again‘ let’s make today a day to review. A day to review what’s working and what’s not in your life. What’s causing your anxiety levels to rise and what’s not. What thoughts create a cycle of panic in you and what thoughts keep you grounded and calm. Reviewing what is working and what’s not in your life can give you a good idea of how you need to organize your thoughts and actions to lead a life of calm and peace.

Let’s make today fantastic, and anxiety free!

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4 Simple Steps To Stop Dating Anxiety

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Do not let fear and anxiety stop you from dating. Some people get really nervous when they go out on a first or second date. As a result, here are some techniques a person can use to help overcome the anxiety of dating:

1) Remember that dating someone does not mean you have to marry the person. Dating should be enjoyable and a good way to meet different people. When going out on a date, remind yourself that you do not have to commit to a long-term relationship. This should help reduce your anxiety.

2) Dating is a way to meet new people. When going out on a first date, just be yourself. Talk to your date as if you were talking to your other friends. If you start to feel nervous, take a deep breath remind yourself that there is nothing to be nervous about. What is the worse that can happen? If the date doesn’t go well, then learn from your mistakes. Try to learn what you did wrong and try to improve on your next date. Also ask your friends for advice or read some books on how to date. There are many helpful books on the right ways of dating.

3) Take it one date at a time. Don’t look too far ahead into the future. Focus on the present. If you start to focus on what will happen next week or next month, you will start to become anxious.

4) If dating a makes you nervous, then try to get to know the person better through different group activities. Get some friends together and invite your person of interest to come along in a group setting. This will help you to get to know the person better.

Once you get into the habit of dating, then your anxiety and fears will go away. Dating is just a way to meet someone. You asked this person for a date because you had an interest in that person. Use that motivation to decrease your fears and anxieties.

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