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
- Expressive, Creative Strategies
- Reflection Exploration Strategies
- Healthy Lifestyles Values
To neutralize anxiety, it can often help to use techniques designed to focus attention beyond anxious thoughts.
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.
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.
To reduce residual feelings of anxiety, it could help to turn attention towards healthy habits, healthy relationships, healthy pleasures, and a healthy environment.
Each of these strategies can be helpful because they give clients specific ways to highlight what’s meaningful in their life. And that can be key, because it shifts their relationship with anxiety away from fear and worry.
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For more expert strategies for working with anxiety check out the NICABM short course with Stephen Porges, PhD; Peter Levine, PhD; Pat Ogden, PhD; Richard Schwartz, PhD; and 14 other top-experts.
What strategies have you used with clients struggling with stress and anxiety?
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