We’ve covered a lot of ground in the last couple of weeks. The most important advice I can give you is: Find what works for you.
Besides Dr. Braverman’s book on brain chemistry, here are two others specifically about anxiety that I have used for the past 18 years and can highly recommend:
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, by Edmund Bourne, PhD. : What I love about this book are the self-tests and the quizzes, especially those dealing with negative self-talk. Dr. Bourne also includes some decent trance scripts that you can use to create your own self-hypnosis recordings.
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine N. Aron, PhD.:
This book, which became a best seller in San Francisco alone before it achieved world-wide appeal, has a companion workbook. I published an article about it on About.com over 15 years ago which I still get emails about. Dr. Aron explains how anxious people are actually “highly sensitive” to sounds, smells, negativity, even foods. She offers a comprehensive approach to coping in a world that overwhelms you.
Here is a link that discusses the use of aromatherapy for anxiety:
Here is a similar article on Dr. Axe’s website.
If you use a fitbit, some of them now have a 2-minute relaxation break included. I tried the one on mind and found it quite adequate. One of my anxiety clients said she also liked hers. It is important to take mini-breaks throughout the day to reset your mind.
In a nutshell, be sure to:
- Relax the body
- Relax the mind
- Be gentle with yourself.
- Find what works best for you.
I hope this series has given you many ideas to assist you on your healing journey. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.