Retraining your thinking to be less catastrophic is like breaking a bad habit. Here is Dr. Jantz's five-step guide to managing your anxiety by controlling your thoughts.
Your fears will yell loudly in your head about imminent danger. Don't take those fears at face value -- read, ask and evaluate to see whether those fears are justified. Very often, they're not.
If concern takes an inch, fear takes a mile. Before you head down that road to panic, examine your destination; is that really where you're headed?
Fears have a way of shouting down facts. Because of that, they can be harder to recognize -- so you need to make sure to really look for them.
What are the odds of that what you fear will actually happen? Yes, there are damaged nuclear reactors in Japan; that is a fact. What are the odds any of that radiation will constitute a personal danger to you?
Unhealthy anxiety produces paralysis and panic. Healthy concern produces action and purpose. Fears take away your feeling of power and control; taking action and being prepared can give them back.
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