A breakthrough approach to overcoming anxious thoughts!
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I’ll let you in on a little secret: I get panic attacks. They are not fun. Sometimes a trigger will be going to Costco and feeling my empathic emotions lost in the crowd, or sometimes a disagreement with my hubby will send me into high anxiety. How about you? How are you doing and dealing with all the stressors and triggers in your life? If you are like any of the 40 million adults in the U.S. that currently suffer from an anxiety disorder and experience racing and panicky thoughts, or the tens of millions who are vulnerable to destructive moods, you’ve probably heard about mindfulness and how effective it can be in easing worry, anxiety, and other life-constrictors—but how do you do it, exactly?
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In Clinical Psychologist Dr. Scott Symington’s go-to guide, Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear and Worry [New Harbinger], he presents an intuitive and accessible approach called the Two-Screen Method® (TSM) to help when you feel overwhelmed and overcome with worrisome thoughts. Using this simplified mindfulness approach, you learn to make space for the challenging thoughts and feelings, while redirecting your attention and life energy to your values. By using the two-screen method, along with its three anchors—mindfulness skills, healthy distractions, and loving action—you learn to relate to your thoughts and feelings in a whole new way. When the internal challenges show up—worries, fears, dark moods, etc.—you’re equipped with an easy-to-follow game plan, so you can experience relief and get back to living your life.
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•Why we see increasing levels of worry and anxiety, and why social media is partly to blame
•Why our brain causes us to worry and feel anxious in situations and around issues that are not inherently dangerous or worthy of the fear signal
•The Two-Screen Method®: how this easy-to-use method helps you de-energize and break free from anxious thoughts and destructive feelings
•How to use anxiety in a positive way
•The initial action steps someone should take right away to break free from worry or anxiety
This book isn’t what I’d call a fun read, but I wanted to bring it to your attention because we live in the “Age of Anxiety.” We are going to all crash and burn unless we learn some coping skills. In Freedom from Anxious Thoughts and Feelings: A Two-Step Mindfulness Approach for Moving Beyond Fear and Worry , you’ll discover what to do to experience more emotional freedom coupled with greater levels of mental freedom. You will learn how to free your mind from worry and take the energy out of toxic feelings. As for me, I’m still working on my issues. I wish the very best for you.
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