Five easy tips to ease your anxiety
Look for independent reality
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.
Examine your conclusions
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?
Look for the facts
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.
Look at the odds
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?
Ask yourself: If it’s true, what can I do?
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.