Anxiety Reduction Techniques
Anxiety can cause a very paralyzing, humiliating, and debilitating reaction to an event that parallels or reminds us of a negative memory or fear.
Memories are frozen in our psyche at the moment of occurrence, with all the fear, anxiety, and feelings of the moment. If we were children at the time of the occurrence, the memory may be even more overwhelming to us. As we replay the memory, many will actually relive it over and over as we did at the age we originally felt it.
Feelings of anxiety may trigger a "need to run or escape" reaction. The feelings may seem silly, but often they are strong feelings recorded at the original moment of the memory and frequently can overpower our unprepared adult logic and thought processes.
Strategies (not sequential): Pick one
or more that you wish to try out and assess any changes.