Managing Your Fears and AnxietiesAuthor: Youth4Him Ministries
Looking for all of the answers in how to manage your most persistent fears and anxieties I deal with fear on a personal level and I found it difficult to find all of the answers in managing my anxieties. I read some anxiety books and talked to various professionals, however, I still had trouble dealing with certain fears and anxieties. Eventually, I wrote a book that presents all of the ways to help manage those hard to manage fears and is located at managingfear.com.
Let me explain the process of how I found those answers.
I first went to my local bookstore to find those books that dealt with fear and anxiety. I looked for those books that reviewed the techniques in how to manage certain fears and anxieties. As I read these books, I wrote down some notes on those techniques that I found most useful in managing my fears. I noticed that each book said something different and there wasn’t always a complete review of all the techniques to manage fear and anxiety. As a result, I started a notebook and every time I found a technique that was useful in managing my fears, I would write it down in my small notebook.
Secondly, I talked to various professionals in the psychology and religious fields and they provided me with additional information. Again, I would write down in my notebook the information that the professionals gave me that I felt was most useful in managing my fears. Some of the techniques that I was told to use was learning how to use positive self-talk, using thought-stopping techniques, and breaking an overwhelming problem into its smallest parts.
For instance, I was told that I should visualize a red stop sign in my mind when I encounter a fear-provoking thought. The stop sign would remind me to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. Another example is when I conducted my job search. Instead of looking at the job search as a whole, I broke down the job search into many different tasks. I first developed my resume. When I completed my resume, I began to look for companies that would hire me and I submitted my resume. After sending out my resume, I then focused on the job interviewing process. During my job search, I performed each of these tasks one at a time which prevented me from getting overwhelmed.
I performed each of these tasks one at a time which prevented me from getting overwhelmed
I made it a point that every time I would experience a fearful or anxiety-related situation, I would use the information in my notebook to help me. After the anxiety would go away I figure out what techniques worked and which ones didn’t work. In every anxiety-related situation I experienced, I began to learn what worked, what didn’t work, and what I needed to improve on in managing my fears and anxieties
At the same time, I would continue to talk to various professionals to learn and to become better at managing the many types of fears and anxieties. I would review what I have learned with these professionals and they would provide me with additional information so that I would be better able to deal with my fears in the future. I did this research for around fourteen years and during this time, I gained a lot of valuable information on how to manage fear and anxiety.
The main point of this article is that no matter how difficult it is to manage your fear and anxieties, the answers are out there if you look hard enough. It might take some hard work and persistence, but it is possible to find those techniques that work for you.