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How I Overcame the Vicious Cycle of Worry and Fear

Here is what I did to overcome fear and anxiety in my life.
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Do you ever get stuck in the vicious cycle of worry and fear? I struggled with both for more than 20 years. Here is what I do to overcome fear and anxiety in my life.

1. I sought advice from professionals: The first thing I did was to talk to various counselors for advice on conquering my fear and anxiety, and I and took notes.

2. I became an expert on dealing with fear and anxiety: I did everything in my power to learn as much as I could about minimizing fear and anxiety in my life. I talked to professionals, read books, joined support groups, and learned from my experiences.

3. I surrounded myself with helpful people: I made it a habit of surrounding myself with supportive people who understood what I was going through. This really helped when I was struggling.

4. I learned how to manage my fearful thoughts: The key in taking the edge off your anxieties is by managing fearful thinking. Whenever I would get a negative and fearful thought, I would challenge that thought with positive statements and realistic thinking. I also made it a habit to focus on the facts of my current situation and not on my negative thinking.

5. I was persistent: There were times I felt like giving up because my fears and anxieties were so powerful. During those times, I would consult with a professional and make it a point to learn from my experiences so that I would be better able to handle these situations in the future.

6. I did not make excuses: With practice, I became better at reducing my fears and anxieties. I realized that the answers to my problems were out there. However, it was up to me to find those techniques that would get my life back on track. Making excuses would not improve my situation.

7. I realized that I can’t predict the future: There are always factors and circumstances I can’t predict or anticipate that can impact my stressful and fearful situations. The key is to focus on the present.

8. I made the choice to get better: You must make an effort to find solutions to overcome your situation.  It will not always be easy, but you can overcome the cycle of fear and worry with hard work and a willingness to learn from your everyday experiences. It is important not to give up.

About The Author
Stan Popovich

Stan is the author of A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear. For more information about Stan’s book and to get some more free mental health advice, visit www.managingfear.com