7 Tips and Techniques to Reduce Anxiety
There are several basic techniques that can be used to reduce nervousness and anxiety, and these are based upon those described by Henrik Edberg.
According to 2012 report by the National Alliance on Mental Illness:
7 Techniques to Reduce Anxiety
Finding ways to release anxiety and lessen worry is vital to your emotional and physical well being. Find ways that help you to relax. Since we are all different, try multiple techniques to deteremine what is best for you.
- Kim B.
My family of five was, more recent than not, uprooted from a life that we had been building together for over ten years. We rather abruptly relocated from our home to another state and began living in a home with my single mother, and the trauma that my family experienced was nearly beyond measure. It affected all five of us, our family dog, as well as my mother and her dog. We moved into a much smaller structure with less privacy and that has certainly stunted our personal growth, collectively and individually.
For the ladies reading this article, imagine for a moment, leaving all of your friends and moving four states away into a house with your mother-in-law. Now, wake-up! For you that was only a dream, for my wife and children that has become our lives.
We had to leave jobs that we enjoyed in order to arrive with nothing available. It took me five months to obtain a temporary position that was less than one-third of my previous income. Meanwhile, it took my wife another five more months to find a position, slightly comparable to her former employment. It was and is humbling.
The most significantly impacted member of our family was our oldest daughter. She was uprooted during her junior year of high school, so she left friends of more than a decade, more than half of her life. She was ripped apart and could not see her life being anything less than miserable. Her desires and ambitions to achieve a ‘normal’ level of healthy adolescent development were non-existent.
She abandoned the progress she had made in academics, and she no longer wanted to get her driver’s license, a normal right of passage for a sixteen year-old. She avoided making new friends when she enrolled in her new school, sequestered herself in her room, hiding even from family. She chose isolation over connection, which has been an ongoing heart-break for us.
Our daughter’s anxiety mirrored the anxiety of her parents (us), where my wife and I had become very standoffish in our interpersonal interactions with others. We were certainly avoiding the establishment of new friendships or relationships outside of our fabulous five, and in the process we were sabotaging our own opportunity for personal growth.
We went to church. We went shopping. We went to the movies. We did most anything we wanted, but we did not participate in anything outside of our ‘fab five’.
However, one day my wife addressed our oldest child, “I am very concerned for you. You are watching life pass you by. You simply are choosing not to participate in your own life.” Our daughter replied with, “Neither are you and Dad.”
Her words were humbling but needed, and uncomfortable but necessary. Not only did she need to choose to participate in her life, so did we. Living and participating in the present is what's required for a fulfilling life experience, and so we carry onward to make these changes and transform our lives together.
Edberg, H. (n.d.). Put a Stop to Your Anxiety with These 8 Simple Tips. Retrieved January 8, 2015, from http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2007/06/08/put-a-stop-to-your-anxiety-with-these-8-simple-tips/
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