There are two major ways of coping with chronic anxiety and they include cognitive and behavioral techniques.
Cognitive Technique of Coping with Chronic Anxiety
The way you think is the way you feel and the way you feel is how you are.
So, how are you? How are you feeling? What are you thinking?
You should never underestimate the power of thoughts because they hold a great deal of power such as the power of healing. On the other side bad, irrational, and maladaptive thinking can make you ill. This is why it is important to learn how to think and how to defend yourself from maladaptive thinking patterns.
What is the first thing you think when you experience your symptoms of anxiety and depression? Are you afraid, anxious? Do you panic?
Well the good thing is that it is completely normal that your initial reaction is fear, anger, anxiety or even to a certain degree, panic. This is normal because experiencing anxiety symptoms is everything but easy. Everyone that has experienced symptoms of anxiety and depression knows how dreadful and debilitating they can be especially if they suffer from chronic anxiety disorder.
Because the initial reaction is automatic and in most cases cannot be controlled you shouldn’t worry about it. What you should focus on is the secondary reaction that takes place few seconds or minutes after the onset of your symptoms. This is where a lot of damage can be prevented and where the power of your symptoms can be dramatically reduced by your positive thinking.
Good start is to repeat to yourself that you are not afraid of your symptoms. That they will not last forever and that they are not evil but positive signs whose sole purpose is to warn you that you need to make some changes in your life. Think positive about your symptoms because if you respect them and use them you can improve your life significantly.
Your symptoms of chronic anxiety disorder are not your end but the beginning of new and improved life. That begging may be difficult and painful but you will endure and become stronger and better person.
Another thing that you should always keep in your mind is that your symptoms are not your illness but only signs of your disorder. Your symptoms of chronic anxiety disorder are the perfect alarm system that warns you that something is wrong and that you need to start making changes in your life.
If you thing positive about your symptoms you will take the power from them and gain the control over your disorder and that is the first step towards your healing. Don’t let your disorder take control over you by thinking negative and being afraid of it. Fight back with positive thinking and actions.
Behavioral Technique of Coping with Chronic Anxiety Disorder
Thinking positive is very good and necessary but it is not enough to beat chronic anxiety disorder. While thinking positive you need to take action and do good things for yourself. Treat yourself whenever you get the chance to do so. Spend time with your friends and family. Do the activities that give you pleasure and explore your options because life is filled with all kind of good options.
In conclusion, think positive and take action. Don’t be passive because that is something that is against the main postulate of life-change. Change with your life and welcome changes in more, you should be the initiator of change and leave the fear behind. If your symptoms reoccur that means that you didn’t change enough.