What are some ways to cope with anxiety? I cannot do breathing exercises or muscle relaxation exercises.
Dear E, Your question is straight and to the point. You ask “what are some ways to cope with anxiety?” To assist you with this, Charlie suggests a resource entitled, The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund Bourne, Ph.D. Charlie hears you when you say “I cannot do breathing exercises or muscle relaxation exercises”. You will find that the workbook offers a wide variety of other approaches and techniques. Just to name a few, these include: physical exercise, self-talk, changing (anxiety provoking) beliefs, expressing feelings, visualization, and nutrition. The book’s opening chapters discuss anxiety and its underlying causes. In addition, as the name implies, it offers a number of step-by-step exercises to help people learn to cope with anxious feelings. The book is available on campus in the Bracken Library collection. If you try self-help but discover you are still having difficulty, you may want to consider counseling and/or a medication consultation. You can access either by calling the Counseling Center (285-1736), which is a free and confidential service for BSU students. Hoping this helps you enhance your coping skills, Charlie
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