For many clients, anxiety can be crippling – it often stifles their personal and professional growth, shuts down their ability to form relationships, and sometimes even takes a toll on their physical health.
So how can we help clients disrupt the exhausting cycle of anxious thoughts and feelings?
Below, we created a free tool based on the work of Shelly Harrell, PhD for practitioners to share with their clients. It breaks down four key strategies to manage anxiety and reduce residual stress.
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- Attention – Centering Techniques
To neutralize anxiety, it can often help to use techniques designed to focus attention beyond anxious thoughts.
- Expressive, Creative Strategies
To channel anxious thoughts or feelings in more productive ways, we might identify specific outlets to express creativity such as working on project, drawing, and athletics.
- Reflection Exploration Strategies
To monitor where anxiety arises, become more aware of anxiety triggers and reflects on anxious thoughts and feelings, we might try strategies that foster self-observation.
- Healthy Lifestyles Values
To reduce residual feelings of anxiety, it could help to turn attention towards healthy habits, healthy relationships, healthy pleasures, and a healthy environment.
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For more expert strategies for working with anxiety check out this NICABM short course with Stephen Porges, PhD; Peter Levine, PhD; Pat Ogden, PhD; Richard Schwartz, PhD; Ron Siegel, PsyD; and 13 other top-experts.
What strategies have you used with clients struggling with stress and anxiety?
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