What's Really Scary Right Now

In case you missed it, Parade Magazine published a short article at the start of 2015 explaining why we fear the things we tend to fear & outlining which fears are truly worth our attention (i.e. the flu, not Ebola). There's also a great little chart that breaks down exactly what's happening in your body when intense fear strikes. 

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9 Panic Attack Myths

Even though panic attacks are an incredibly common experience, they are surrounding by several common misperceptions. And it's not just those who've never had a panic attack that are misinformed. One of the best coping skills for dealing with panic is understanding what's going on & not fueling the fire with false information. Take a read & see how many myths you might be buying into.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/29/panic-attack-myths_n_6509750.html

Simple Tips For The Worried

Short on time? Long on worry? Psychology Today has 4 quick tips you can follow to learn how to worry more realistically. We're going to worry from time to time, so make it worth your while!

https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201402/tip-sheet-what-me-worry?utm_source=FacebookPost&utm_medium=FBPost&utm_campaign=FBPost

Do You Have A Case Of FOMO?

FOMO. It means Fear Of Missing Out. And while not an official DSM 5 diagnosis, it is very much a fear that can induce a great deal of anxiety & depression. Therapists & authors Linda & Charlie Bloom have created list of 10 tips for overcoming FOMO over at Psychology Today.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/stronger-the-broken-places/201501/10-ways-overcome-fear-missing-out?utm_source=FacebookPost&utm_medium=FBPost&utm_campaign=FBPost

Scheduling Mindful Worry Time

Paul Jozsef, Director of The Mindfulness Space in Australia, has put together a helpful set of instructions for how to practice mindful worry time as a way to manage excessive worry & anxiety. While it seems counterintuitive to purposefully plan time to worry when worrying is a problem you're trying to decrease, it actually makes quite a bit of sense once you understand the rational. Check it out & try it for yourself!

http://mindfulnessspace.com.au/mindfulness-resources/articles/mindfulness-and-scheduled-worry-time

Empathy & Social Anxiety. So Sensitive It Hurts?

Results from a new study indicate a possible connection between social anxiety & a strong sense of empathy. On one hand, an empath can pick up on others' discomfort & absorb it as their own. On the other, they can easily imagine what others may be thinking or feeling, leading to increased worry about what exactly those thoughts might be in regards to themselves. Either or both could lead to feeling anxious in social situations. So if you're feeling that anxiety, it might not be that there's anything "wrong" with you, but that you possess an incredible ability to know others.

http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/new-study-links-social-anxiety-to-being-empath/

The Truth About Anxiety

The smart people over at PsychCentral put together this quick overview of anxiety & panic - neither of which dangerous in & of themselves. A little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to dealing with these particular concerns. Do you know these truths?



http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/10/14/the-truth-about-anxiety/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

Breathing With Awareness: An Anxiety Coping Skill

Leo Babauta shares some simple instructions on How To Breathe in order to get through difficult emotional moments. No fancy tricks or techniques here. Your body was made to breathe all on its own. Your mind just needs to start paying attention.

 

http://zenhabits.net/breathe-in/