5 Evidence-Based Tools to Be Anxiety Free by Jennifer Johnston-Jones, Ph.D.
“Worrying is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do but never gets you anywhere.” – Erma Bombeck
If you sometimes feel anxious, you are not alone. It is estimated that one in every five people will struggle with anxiety in any one-year period. And right now, we are more anxious than ever. The good news is that breaking this cycle does not have to be overly complicated. When you work through anxiety, you don’t have to “get over it” or learn to be happy all the time. In fact, a core tenet of effective anxiety reduction lies in finding your authentic voice and to learn what bothers you and also what you truly enjoy. You don’t have to learn to be happy with every situation, but instead learn to say no to those that you may have avoided in the past if they are not positive. One of the most helpful ways to decrease anxiety is to learn to face that which makes you uncomfortable, assess your thoughts and get grounded in your body. Here are some ways to start: