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Six Simple Habits that Defeat Anxiety
By Deanne Repich, Director
National Institute of Anxiety and Stress
If you suffer from anxiety, take heart. Studies show that simple anxiety-reducing habits can go a long way
toward improving how you feel.
Here are six simple habits you can use to defeat anxiety and take back control of your life.
1) Acknowledge your Anxiety.
When you hide your anxious feelings for months or years, you perpetuate your anxiety by assuming it's your
fault. Anxiety is not your fault.
Acknowledge your anxious feelings. Share how you're feeling with a trustworthy friend, partner, relative, or an
online support group. Talk to your doctor. Facing the truth can be very empowering because once you
acknowledge the problem - anxiety - you can go about solving it.
2) Learn Strategies to Immediately Deal with Anxiety Symptoms.
Educate yourself by learning strategies to immediately deal with anxiety symptoms. The National Institute of
Anxiety and Stress has just made available free audio and workbook exercises to help you reduce anxiety
symptoms quickly, easily, and effectively. Check them out at:
3) Use "Power" Language.
Mind-body research shows that the words you use can have a powerful effect on how you feel. Most anxiety
sufferers use victim words that destroy their self-esteem and promote a sense of loss of control. Victim words
like "can't," "always," "never," and "should" create a negative self-fulfilling prophecy that results in anxious
thoughts and physical symptoms.
To defeat anxiety, replace victim words with "power" language. Power language means using words that
promote your feelings of self-worth and personal power.
When you use power language, the statement: "I can't control my anxiety" becomes "I can control my anxiety,
and I'm learning skills to conquer it." The statement: "Why do I always feel so anxious?" becomes "I often
feel anxious, but not all of the time."
4) Tone your Inner Power Daily.
Think of your inner power as a muscle just like any other muscle. The more you use it, the more toned it
becomes and the more you are able to accomplish. This is how you create lasting freedom from anxiety.
In the words of Aristotle: "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit."
5) Set Small, Achievable Goals.
Anxiety sufferers tend to set unrealistically high expectations for themselves. To counteract this tendency, set
goals that you can easily accomplish. This builds your confidence and your sense of accomplishment.
For example, if your goal is to integrate deep breathing into your life, start by practicing for one-minute
intervals three or four times a day instead of for an hour all at once.
6) Realize that Now is the Perfect Time to Start Feeling Better.
And finally, realize that now is the perfect time to start feeling better. Your anxiety and fear will not go away
until you stop waiting and start learning.
Take advantage of the many resources available to help you overcome your anxiety - books, courses, doctors,
counselors, support groups, and more.
The only perfect time to conquer your anxiety is right now - this moment. You do not need to feel symptom-free
or confident or energetic, or anything else to begin. All you need to do is take the first step.
Practice these six habits daily, and you'll see your skills improve as you take back your power from anxiety.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Deanne Repich is the Director of the National Institute of Anxiety and Stress, a
teacher and learning expert, and a former anxiety sufferer. Deanne created the Conquer Your Anxiety Success
Program, a simple, action-oriented "how-to" course that brings results. She also conducts seminars, writes
articles, and publishes the FREE "Anxiety Tips" newsletter.
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1/2 pound Fettuccine
1/4 cup Asparagus, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup Mushrooms, sliced
1/4 cup Zucchini, sliced
1/4 cup Tomatoes, diced
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
2 cups Cream
1 cup Basil, chopped
1/4 cup Pine nuts
2 teaspoons Garlic, minced
1/4 cup Parmesan, grated
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