Worried About Worrying? How to Stop the Cascade

Learn to keep your anxiety in check with these simple tips.

Worried About Worrying? How to Stop the Cascade

When Barbara Streisand froze mid-song in front of 135,000 people in NYC’s Central Park, well, you can see how it might make her anxious about getting that anxious again. It took her 27 years and 2,700 hours of psychotherapy to be able walk back onto the stage!

Not everyone has such an anxious reaction to being anxious, but almost everyone has worried about becoming worried. Folks who are nervous fliers may fret about what they will feel like when they get on a plane. You can even get a tension headache just thinking about going into a situation that might give you a tension headache.

So, how can you stop that cascade? Psychologists suggest we often mistakenly glom on to distractions such as TV or digital devices, for example, to block out anxiety. But, they say, shutting the door on self-reflection will ultimately backfire and end up making you more anxious. The National Institute of Mental Health says nearly one in three adults is more anxious than they were last year.

So, if you’re worrying about worrying—look up, breathe deeply and consider these techniques to help you de-stress.

  • Join on online or in person self-help group like the fear-of-flying support group at www.anxietyandstress.com. Or check in with the Anxiety and Depression Association of American at www.adaa.org.
  • Take the anxiety test at DoctorOz.com and explore experts’ advice on solutions such as mindful meditation.
  • Get 150+ minutes of aerobic activity weekly and 10,000 steps a day.

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