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Coping with Anxiety

Discussion in 'Help and Support' started by zurb, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. zurb

    zurb Eschewer of Obfuscation

    Jun 1, 2014
    1) If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly (don’t be a perfectionist).
    2) Forgive yourself (give yourself some grace rather than constant criticism).
    3) Schedule a time for worry (not sure it was in this version of the talk).
    4) Do something for someone else.

    Olivia Remes: How to cope with anxiety
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  2. tree

    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

    Jun 29, 2013
    I employed tactic #4 recently, to allay anxiety over an unresolved medical issue.
    I figured I could make a couple cats happier.
    So I took a package of mackerel to one and the next day took a bundle of
    catnip to two others. These cats don't live with me. They have their
    own people.
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  3. Streetwise

    Streetwise very cautious contributor V.I.P Member

    Dec 6, 2016
    I just started to laugh when I saw schedule a time for worry
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  4. Wolf Prince

    Wolf Prince My future job title.

    Jul 23, 2019
    Worry wolf. Noun when a wolf paces nervously and growls without warning.
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  5. GadAbout

    GadAbout Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2018
    All of these are good antidotes to depression, too. They derive from cognitive-behavioral therapies.

    1. Perfect is the enemy of good.
    2. Forgiveness is a wonderful quality to cultivate. My husband has dementia. I've had to say to him repeatedly, as he fails one challenge after another, "That's okay, honey." The bonus of this is, I also forgive my own failings. These will increase as I age, so it's a good thing I'm working on the right attitude.
    3. What the above didn't say is, "postpone worrying until the scheduled time." Surprisingly, you can gain some control over worrying.
    4. Doing something for someone else is an absolutely wonderful technique for low self-esteem, depression, anxiety. Sometimes we need to get outside ourselves a bit.
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  6. Jason Bennett

    Jason Bennett Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2015
    All good stuff above :blush: