There are many different components that impact our anxiety levels, which can include both our environment and our wiring. What cognitive and mindfulness schools of thought teach us, and as suggested in this article, is that we can gain some control over how we think about, feel about and respond to stressful stimuli. As a therapist using CBT and Mindfulness based therapies such as DBT, ACT and others, I like helping clients better understand how their thoughts, emotions and behaviours are connected. In addition, strategies such as positive or rationalizing self talk, and Mindfulness practices which include labeling, and breath work can help them better tolerate distressing feelings and to realize, like everything else, these feelings pass.
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