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Overcoming Anxiety: Do The Opposite – TAG015

Overcoming Anxiety: Do The Opposite – TAG015

"I'm the opposite of every man you've ever met." - George Costanza
When you're dealing with an anxiety disorder - panic attacks, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety, etc. - your natural tendency will be to do whatever you can to avoid feeling anxious or afraid.  This is to be expected as human beings naturally seek safety and comfort.  Natural though it may be, this approach is not helpful in any way.  In fact, retreating and avoiding your anxiety will only make things worse.
In reality, the path to success involves doing the exact opposite of what you want to do.  This can be difficult because it means you must summon the courage to face your fear, and you must ignore your survival and safety instincts. Understanding and embracing the "opposite strategy" can help to propel you forward when all other factors in your life are pulling you backward.
The "Opposite Strategy"
The plan is simple.  Think about what you want to do, especially when you're feeling badly, and do the exact opposite.

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