Abstinence Symptom Inventory
Stress is a normal part of life, but unresolved, unmanaged, or unacknowledged stress can escalate into chronic anxiety. Ongoing unrelenting anxiety begs for relief from what you have used in the past to feel better.
- Is emotional or physical pain causing anxiety?
- Are you living with anxiety that is created by doubts about yourself?
- Do you experience anxiety because you do not set limits for yourself and try to ‘do it all’?
- Is your anxiety due to your belief that you must live up to the unrealistic expectations of others?
- What else is causing you to have high anxiety?
An effective way of relieving anxiety is by applying the Serenity Prayer to your life:
God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
These words can be very powerful if you make them a way of life. They remind you to look for solutions to stressful situations that you can change and stop using up your energy on things you can’t do anything about. Some people use these words as a kind of mantra to help them take action when they need to and to accept reality as it is when it can’t be changed. (If the word ‘God’ here bothers you in any way, remember that this is a god of your understanding. You can substitute another word such as ‘higher power’ or whatever is meaningful to you.) Many of the tools outlined in How to Quit Without Feeling S**t – yoga, meditation, relaxation exercises, massage or physical exercises – will help to reduce your anxiety as well.
Self-talk is a normal, healthy process of conversing with ourselves in words or pictures. Whereas normal self-talk helps us to solve problems, self-defeating self-talk (negative self-talk) reduces the ability to solve problems. What does your self-talk tell you about what you are avoiding and how you are doing it?
- Do you tell yourself that you can’t do ......
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