Reduce anxiety and improve your mood: Free workbooks

There are two workbooks you can now access in our “self-help” section for free.
The Making Changes workbook can help you learn about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles and how to apply them to your life. It can help you improve your living habits, set goals, and change your thinking.
The new Anxiety workbook can teach you about anxiety, skills to manage anxiety, and steps you can take to reduce your anxiety over time. Here is an portion from that workbook:

· Anxiety is a normal human response to perceived danger.

· The more we worry, the more we are thinking about potential dangers, this then triggers the anxiety response.

· We can practice skills like box breathing, 5-4-3-2-1 sensory grounding, and progress muscle relaxation to cope with extreme anxiety.

· Cognitive behavioral therapy can help use reduce our anxiety.

· Our thoughts cause our emotions and behaviors, not situations. Therefore, our anxiety is being created by the story in our head, not the situation we are in.

· When we experience excessive anxiety we are usually engaging in unhelpful thinking styles.

· CBT teaches us to recognize our unhelpful thinking and then dispute irrational thoughts, replacing them with more helpful thoughts.

· Excessive worry fuels excessive anxiety. Sometimes we believe excessive worry can be a good thing, but these beliefs maintain worry.

· When we believe (1) “problems are threatening”, (2) “I can’t handle problems effectively”, and (3) “problems will turn out badly regardless of what I do” we are preventing effective problem solving. We can solve this by recognizing problems as a normal part of life and seeing the opportunities presented by our problems.

· A problem solving model can be used to help us effectively cope with challenges we can reasonably do something about.

· Graded exposure can be used to decrease the amount of anxiety we experience in situations. Graded exposure is a process by which we practice exposing ourselves to anxiety provoking situations, practicing and developing our skills, and gradually learning situations are not as threatening as our minds make them.

· We can improve our abilities to cope with stressors by maintaining a healthy self-care plan which includes diet, exercise, sleep, relaxation, work , socializing, thinking helpful thoughts, and goal setting.

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