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Anxiety can be an overwhelming emotion that many of us struggle with. Racing thoughts, obsessions, and consistent worry are common symptoms of anxiety. If we are able to use skills to calm these symptoms, anxiety can actually help to motivate our behavior and facilitate change in our life. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) identifies distress tolerance skills that are helpful in taking a step back from anxiety, prior to reacting to negative emotions. One popular DBT skill encourages you to IMPROVE the moment to decrease anxiety.
Below are 7 ways to IMPROVE your worried state of mind and decrease personal distress:
Anxiety, worry, and racing thoughts can feel overwhelming or like our world is closing in on us. The skills mentioned above could be useful in stopping this cycle before it perpetuates and impedes our behaviors. Practicing these skills before anxiety consumes us will help us be more effective at work, in our relationship with others, and accomplishing our goals.
Author: Stephanie Pruefer, LPC, CADC – Footprints to Recovery – Counselor