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- Feb 09 2017
Teens: How do you learn to cope up your anxiety? Activity 41
By working through these exercises, you may have learned a number of ways to successfully manage your feelings of anxiety. While it does not mean that you will never experience anxiety again, it does not mean that you have gained valuable coping skills to help you move through your life more peacefully.
Learning ways to cope with anxiety means that an important change has taken place inside you. You have learned new ways of thinking and behaving that can help you keep feelings of anxiety at a lower level, no matter where you go or what you do for the rest of your life.
Sometimes people think that because they have learned these coping skills, they should never feel anxious again. If they do experience anxiety, they tell themselves that they must have done something wrong, and they become more anxious, upset, frustrated or depressed. They feel like they have failed at managing anxiety.
It is important to remember that managing anxiety and eliminating anxiety are two different things. Coping skills help you to take care of yourself and keep anxiety from getting too high. But using coping skills does not mean that you will never feel anxious again. There will always be new situations and new challenges in your life. Expecting to eliminate the anxiety completely is unrealistic. Thinking this way will set you up to feel like a failure because it is something that is nearly impossible to achieve.
Expecting to use healthy coping skills to keep your daily level lower and manage higher anxiety when it comes along is a goal that you can achieve. The more you continue to practice managing anxiety through prevention and intervention, the more easily and quickly you will handle new situations when they arise. But keep in mind that you will continue to be presented with new challenges that bring up anxiety for the rest of your life. That does not mean that you have failed; it just means that you are human and alive.
1). Tell which anxiety management techniques you have learned in this book that you think will be helpful to you at the present time.
2).Tell which anxiety management techniques you think will be most helpful to you in the future and why?
3).Which anxiety management techniques might you like to learn more about, and why?
4).This workbook may have taught you some important skills, but it is just a beginning. There are many other books, workbooks, classes, and teachers that you can continue to learn from. Which method is the easiest way for you to learn and why?
You have accomplished a lot by working through this book. You have spent time and energy on learning how to help yourself, and that is one of the most valuable investments you can make. It will affect your ability to handle else in your life. Congratulate yourself for your work! Then share your accomplishments by telling someone else what you have done.
Source: The Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Lisa M, SCHAB, LCSW
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