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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Managing your Persistent Fears and Anxieties

By: Stan Popovich

Everybody deals with fear and anxiety, however some people have a
hard time in managing it. As a result, here is a brief list of
techniques that a person can use to help manage their most
persistent fears and anxieties.

When facing a current or upcoming task that overwhelms you with a
lot of anxiety, the first thing you can do is to divide the task
into a series of smaller steps. Completing these smaller tasks
one at a time will make the stress more manageable and increases
your chances of success.

Sometimes we get stressed out when everything happens all at
once. When this happens, a person should take a deep breathe and
try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind
off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to
some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh
perspective on things.

At times, a person might encounter a fearful thought that may be
difficult to manage. A person should visualize a red stop sign
which can serve as a reminder to stop thinking about that
thought. This technique is good in dealing with obsessive and
scary thoughts.

Sometimes we encounter a scary situation that gets us all upset.
When encountering these events, always remember to get all of the
facts of the given situation. Gathering the facts can prevent us
from relying on exaggerated and fearful assumptions. By focusing
on the facts, a person can rely on what is reality and what is

Sometimes, it helps to be able to talk to someone about our
stressful situations. Talking to a trusted friend, counselor, or
clergyman can not only make us feel better, but they might be
able to give you additional advice and insights on how to deal
with your current problem.

Although I am a layman and not a professional I have interviewed
many psychologists and clergyman and I have over fifteen years of
experience in dealing with fear. Dealing with our persistent
fears is not easy, however there are many helpful resources
available to us if you look hard enough.

About the author:

Stan Popovich is the author of "A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” - an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: For free articles on managing fear please go to:

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