How to Cope with Anxiety

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In another article I discussed that happiness – for the anxiety and panic attack sufferer really means not being overwhelmed by anxious thoughts.  But there’s more to this than how to cope with anxiety.

I discussed two fundamentals which you can work on which will help you work towards happiness in your anxiety.

Those were:

1.      setting the agenda to make an ongoing commitment throughout the day to keep working on your thoughts and being resilient.

2.      An English study conducted by the University of Warwick suggests that therapy may be much more effective at making people happy than getting a raise or winning a lottery prize.

Researchers analyzed data on thousands of people who provided information about their mental well-being and found that the increase in happiness from a $1,329 course of therapy was so significant that it would take a pay raise of more than $41,542 to achieve an equal boost in well-being.

That suggests that therapy could be as much as 32 times more cost-effective at improving well-being than simply getting more money, the researchers said.

 The study was published online November 18 in the Journal Health Economics, Policy and Law.

“We have shown that psychological therapy could be much more cost effective than financial compensation at alleviating psychological distress,” said study author Chris Boyce, of the University of Warwick. “This is not only important in courts of law, where huge financial rewards are the default way in which pain and suffering are compensated, but has wider implications for public health and well-being.”

 “Often the importance of money for improving our well-being and bringing greater happiness is vastly over-valued in our societies,” Boyce explained. “The benefits of having good mental health, on the other hand, are often not fully appreciated and people do not realize the powerful effect that psychological therapy, such as non-directive counseling, can have on improving our well-being.”

Okay…I want to link this to other material on the website.  The form of therapy I recommend is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  One of the really great things about CBT is that it can be done on your own – so you can be extremely proactive – which ties into the fundamental above about setting your own agenda.

 But there’s more…

•   You can perform CBT on your own.

•   The processes and many examples are laid out in this website and in my free newsletter.

So…when it comes to your happiness and anxiety what are you waiting for? Go ahead and join the newsletter (below) and get many great tips for anxiety and panic attacks.

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Reference

Psychotherapy Can Boost Happiness More Than Money: Study. (2009, November 20). Retrieved January 3, 2011, from Health.com website:
http://news.health.com/2009/11/30/psychotherapy-can-boost-happiness-more-than-money-study/