The timing of this book, Don't Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life by David Klemanski and Joshua Curtis, couldn't have been better for me. I've been struggling with anxiety lately and needed the tools taught in this book. I'm certain you've dealt with anxiety from time to time. We all do.
Almost everything in life has the potential to make us feel anxious, but only if you let it! In other words, it is entirely possible to skillfully manage your anxiety by examining the relationship you have to your fears and worries and embracing them (rather than avoiding them!) ~ From the Introduction of Don't Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life.
Anxiety goes beyond just being a negative mood state. It is a future-oriented state, where people worry about some future event. It can be real or perceived.
There are three diagnosable conditions in the anxiety spectrum:
- Generalized anxiety disorder – months of worry, feeling keyed up and on edge. Excessive worry beyond the normal level of worry.
- Panic disorder – Physical conditions that are often related as they felt they were having a heart attack.
- Social anxiety disorder – Anxiety about social situations. Fear of being judged. They often begin avoiding being in social events.
Self-diagnosis is difficult with these disorders. It may require professional attention. The anxiety becomes clinical when it interferes with their normal lives.
It is very common for people to avoid going the gym when anxiety over what others are thinking of them kicks in. Avoidance sets up a negative cycle. It is important to be exposed to the gym and not use avoidance behaviors such as not making eye contact or to isolate themselves in an empty area of the gym. Instead, you should do the opposite and engage and face your fear.
Other tips or practices:
- Pay attention to your anxiety and your reaction to it. The more you pay attention to it (rather than avoiding of suppressing it) the better you'll be able to chip away at those emotions.
- When you're working on using these skills you'll need to be forgiving of yourself. These skills build over time.