Overcoming Anxiety the Feelgood Way
Overcoming anxiety has become one of the biggest goals of millions of people, yet so many fail to achieve it.
Is this you.......?
- You believe it's hard to overcome your problems - your anxieties, your panic attacks, your obsessive habits, your phobias - because you've tried before and failed.
- You've tried different treatments... but your anxiety problems are still there. None of the treatments has worked. And each time it failed you became a little less hopeful of ever getting better.
- Many of the treatments offered were boring or time-consuming or required you to do things you didn't feel comfortable doing so you didn't stick with them. You felt anxious about doing them!
- You've reached the point where you think maybe nothing is going to work - but you still hope for a miracle although you don't think it will ever happen.
- You don't live the life you'd really like because of your anxieties but you sort of get by on a day-to-day basis. Yet your life is ruled by your anxieties and you constantly wish they'd go away... but they don't.
There IS a way to overcome these anxieties - I know because I've used it...
"So, what's the catch?" you're asking....
And I fully understand your suspicions, it sounds too good to be true.
The Feelgood Way doesn't expect you to do anything scary or boring. In fact it insists that you stop struggling with your anxieties or trying to get rid of them!
"But I feel that if I stop struggling to overcome my anxiety it, it will get bigger and overwhelm me!"
That's the mistake we all make. But in the case of anxiety, once we stop struggling it actually reduces.
When we struggle we are creating stress... tension... anxiety... so we are actually increasing the one thing we are trying to overcome!
Struggle is counter-productive! In this method struggle is BANNED.
"How is it possible to achieve anything without working at it?"
I didn't say you don't have to work at it - but working doesn't equal struggle. Sometimes work can be pleasurable, can't it?
This method simply requires you to keep doing what's required, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year...
"Sounds as if it will take ages to overcome my anxiety. I want to get better soon!"
Each day that you put this method into practice will lead to an improvement.
You will eventually start to do these things without having to think about them.
These new ways of being will slowly and surely replace your old anxiety habits.
One day you will look back and realise that you no longer feel anxious like you once did.
"OK, but you're an expert. How do I know this will work?"
I know that you are almost afraid to trust this approach as it sounds too good to be true. That's because we've been taught by our cultures and schooling that we have to work hard at things to succeed.
Overcoming anxiety is the exception! I've been there, done it! What I teach others to do is what I did for myself.
- As a clinical psychologist I specialised in treating anxiety-related disorders for over 40 years. For the first 15 or so of those years, plus another 15 when growing up, I battled with anxiety issues and panics myself.
- In the early 1970's I was well aware that none of the approaches being used to treat anxiety would work for me to overcome my own and I came up with several tricks that got me by, but which didn't cure me.
- Finally one day, finding myself trapped in the house with my fears, I used my professional knowledge to work out what was happening. Then I came up with a plan that made sense according to psychological theory. It worked.
- I haven't had an anxiety attack for over 30 years. I have been to places and done things that even many of those without anxiety issues would never consider doing.
- The approach I used on myself 30 years ago was a version of what I now refer to as the Feelgood Way and is based on the use of Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has its basis in Mindfulness.
Mindfulness has been used in the Far East by Buddhists for thousands of years.
Now it has been adapted for overcoming anxiety and is useful in many psychiatric disorders.
Nobody knowingly or deliberately develops an anxiety habit
But a habit is what it is and, like any other habit you might want to get rid of, it has to be done by you.
That's why an expert can only teach you about it and show you the path to take to overcome it. The doing has to be done by you, yourself.
To overcome anxiety, self help is the only way whatever form the anxiety takes. I explain this in more detail on the next page.
Anxiety isn't a virus or something that comes over you by chance! We teach ourselves to have it although without meaning to.
You must first understand how and why we get anxiety in the first place. Only then will the steps you need to take to overcome it make sense.
If it doesn't make sense to you, you won't keep doing it!
Where do I start then? I want to begin overcoming my anxiety!
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