What is Anxiety Management?
Managing anxiety means learning how to:
- Recognize thoughts and behaviors that create anxiety
- Identify new ways of thinking that reduce anxiety
- Practice self-soothing behaviors that calm the nervous system
Anxiety management is based on a strong relationship between a person’s strengths and their ability to use them to deal with all facets of anxiety, whether they are biochemical, learned, situational, etc.
Anxiety is not designed to be unhealthy in limited doses; it is supposed to be a temporary alert system that helps you pay close attention to potential danger. In the extreme, an anxiety attack is your body’s fight or flight response firing up as if your life is in danger even though it’s not. This is what causes anxious symptoms like a fast, pounding heart, rapid breathing, sweating, all with a sense of impending doom.