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6 Ways I've learned to overcome fear and anxiety over the years

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”.For additional info go to: http://www.managingfear.com

Here are some steps to take if you're struggling with ongoing anxiety

I'm a published author who has struggled with fear and anxiety for over 20 years. It all started when I was young and continued during my college years at Penn State. Even today I still struggle with these mental health issues. I've spoken to many counselors over the years and have a lot of knowledge on what techniques work best in overcoming anxiety. Here are some of the ways I was able to overcome my anxiety over the years.

1. Educate yourself on a daily basis

Learn as much as you can when it comes to dealing with your fears and anxieties. The key is to learn those techniques that will help you overcome your fears and phobias. Go to your local bookstore and find a book that can help you find those techniques that work for you. In addition, talk to a professional counselor who can also help you.

2. Manage your anxious thoughts

A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear-provoking thought. When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.

3. Your goal is to improve your life

Your goal is to get better. Don't waste your time arguing with your friends or relatives who are giving you a difficult time. In addition, put the time and effort in finding the ways that will help you overcome your persistent fears and stresses. Remember that this is your life so don't get frustrated and give up. There is hope for your situation.

4. Pace yourself

Instead of worrying about how you will get through the week, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. Do not try to do too much so that you become overwhelmed. The key is to take it one step at a time.

5. Talk to a professional

Take advantage of any assistance that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears, phobias and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current mental health issues. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.

6. Find and join a support group

There are many kinds of self-help support groups in your area that can help you relieve your mental health struggles. Talk to your doctor or go to your local church to find out which support groups are in your area. Once you find a group, the next step is to go to all of their meetings and be active. This will help you in finding answers to your problems.

I find these techniques very useful when it comes to overcoming my fear and anxiety. If you have any trouble using these techniques, talk to a qualified counselor.

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