Anxiety refers to feeling nervous or worried about a possible, unwanted future event or outcome, particularly when a person believes that he or she may not be able to cope with the feared event or outcome.
Whilst feeling anxious is a normal experience and is expected in certain situations, such as when taking a test or attending an interview, anxiety can become a problem when it is excessive, feels uncontrollable or causes distress.
If you’re feeling anxious more days than not or anxiety is interfering with your life, Cognitive- Behavioural Therapy may help you.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is an effective therapy that is widely used to treat anxiety. CBT has two components:
Lets put CBT for Anxiety into practice with the following example:
Susan experiences anxiety when riding the bus. When riding the bus, Susan often has the thought, “What if I am unable to make it through the passengers to get off at my stop?”. Susan has always managed to get off the bus at her stop in the past. A more helpful thought for Susan to think would be: “I have always managed to get off at my stop before, so it is likely that I will manage to get off at my stop this time”.
Susan might also like to combine her helpful thought with a helpful activity such as diaphragmatic breathing, which is a beneficial exercise in easing unpleasant physical sensations of anxiety such as a racing heart and sweaty palms.
With repeated practice of CBT and the guidance of a skilled therapist, it is possible to alleviate anxiety. A skilled therapist will be able to advise if CBT is suitable for you.
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