What can be done about unrest and anxiety?

Special Strategies for Coping with Daily Anxiety...

…for anxiety related to excessive demands on the job


If you do not like going to work because you feel overwhelmed quickly, arranging a structured daily routine that is not crammed full will help you cope. Plan time for relaxation and for the unexpected (improvisation). Think about going outdoors for fresh air, being physically active, enjoying cultural experiences, traveling, reading literature, and participating in a hobby that serves to distract you from the demands of everyday work. Always try to keep a positive attitude towards those around you. And make sure to regularly compare your plan and how things really are – by doing this, you will learn how best to budget your energy.

 

…for school anxiety


Children who suffer from school anxiety are largely dependent on the support of their parents. Do not simply protect or dote on your children; instead, strengthen and encourage them. Always be ready to listen to their fears and reassess your own expectations about your child’s accomplishments. School anxiety can be averted by avoiding punishment for poor marks or comparisons with classmates.

 

…for examination anxiety


Always assume that you will be successful. Envision yourself successfully passing examinations, and keep repeating “I will succeed!”

 

…for existential fear/the fear of losing one’s livelihood


Practicing relaxation and nourishing a social network, especially at your place of employment, are important measures to overcome the fear of losing your job. Make sure to take regular breaks and to organize your free time.

 

…for bullying/workplace bullying/workplace harassment


A meshwork of different causes is the rule of thumb in cases of bullying, and you as an individual can only partly influence it. Having a meeting to discuss controversial issues at the onset of its occurrence is critical for finding solutions to the unresolved conflicts that lie at its foundation and for stopping its progression. Furthermore, a supportive workplace can protect you from being accused of things for which you were not responsible. Make sure that you know exactly which duties are yours. If applicable, ask for supervision and mediation. This is your right. Workplaces in many provinces are required to take bullying and harassment very seriously, and have policies for dealing with these issues.

 

…for panic


A behavioural therapy, especially cognitive behavioural therapy, is the treatment of choice to be considered by those affected with panic disorders. Patients must come to understand that the panic condition will subside on its own and that the panic attack is not seriously dangerous at any point of time during its occurrence. During an episode, those affected must always try to remember that any anxieties about cardiac arrest, periods of unconsciousness, or loss of reason are unfounded.

 

…for stage fright


Because of their excitement, presenters are often in danger of breathing in too much and out too little. Their lungs fill up with more and more air, which leads to a certain “speechlessness” that occurs at a very inopportune time. Learning good breathing technique will help to prevent the development of this phenomenon.

 

…for anxiety before having surgery


In cases like these, drawing on family members, friends, and healthcare professionals. Those who are keen observers will be able to recognize your anxieties and assist you in coping. Visiting a doctor that you trust can also be beneficial for dispelling your worst fears.

 

…for fear of flying


The standard protocol for treating flight anxiety is behavioural treatment intervention, combined with an effective botanical extract derived from the passionflower herb. In addition, you must learn the facts – ranging from the technology of flying to the physiology of the stress response in the body. A period of confronting your fears must follow: in other words, you must fly in order to overcome your flight anxiety. Doing these things will build your confidence, the end result being mastery over your anxiety.

 

…for separation anxiety


For this type of anxiety, the action of writing down the advantages and disadvantages a separation could have is useful. In response to all the disadvantages that appear on your list, think about possible ways to solve them. This process will help you to lessen the depth and breadth of the disadvantage, possibly even turning it into an advantage. Although this will not work in all cases, it will enable you to see the situation more clearly. Viewing all aspects of a separation in a matter-of-fact manner may present a situation that is actually advantageous or at least “neutral”. In turn, anxiety about the future is likely to be reduced.