Anxiety sufferers employ countless strategies for trying to overcome their anxiety. I’ve found that many of these techniques go in one of two directions: either making symptoms less troublesome (such as medication, calming herbs, and relaxation techniques), or giving the body something it may need (vitamins and minerals, exercise, or more sleep, for instance). Both approaches are valuable, of course, and provide a key element in any anxiety treatment plan. But there is another crucial step you must take if you really want to beat anxiety – facing the fears and worries that cause your anxiety in the first place.
Whether you suffer from a specific phobia, struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or have general, persistent stress and worry over everyday things, fear has taken on a leading role in your life. And many of our responses to our anxieties — including compulsive behaviors, avoidance, and procrastination — come about from a desire to eliminate our fears without ever having to face them.