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Combating Anxiety

Someone I love suffers tremendous anxiety. I wonder sometimes if a person with that temperament can help themselves from worrying all the time.

When I am stressed or anxious or worried, I try to employ some of the strategies suggested by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. They have a number of good suggestions at

The best for me is to find the humour in even the blackest of situations. Laughing at your troubles, even the most overwhelming of predicaments, I find very therapeutic. Being able to laugh heartily no matter how bad it is helps. I believe nurses employ gallows humour to help them deal with the overwhelming nature of their jobs. I try to do the same.

I also find just taking the time to breathe deeply and just relax your body is of assistance in calming me. My breathing can completely change my physical response to whatever I am feeling and permits me to calm my mind.

Finally, I find the Serenity prayer written by Reinhold Niebuhr very wise.

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