How can anxiety be prevented?

Tamar Chansky

There are many things that we can do to prevent anxiety and not promote an anxious way of looking at our lives. First: understand that anxiety is a first knee-jerk reaction to uncertainty in a situation, it yields perceptions and interpretations of events that are often extreme, unreliable, negative and even catastrophic. In order to not promote an anxious mindset, we want to not stop at our anxious perceptions, but fact-check the anxiety and take a second look at the situation from a more rational or reasonable perspective. Second: because stress can increase the likelihood that we are going to perceive things anxiously and negatively-- a downward spiral-- it is important to build stress-relieving habits into your day: eating well, sleeping well, getting regular exercise, finding social support, and engaging in activities which bring joy and satisfaction.

Though anxiety is a normal response in certain situations, by being proactive in the ways described above, you can prevent anxiety from becoming the default reaction in all situations.

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It's one thing to be nervous (adrenaline can even help you power through, say, an interview). It's another to suffer sweat-inducing, heart-pounding anxiety -- for no apparent reason -- that makes eating, sleeping, working or enjoy...

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