Genesis Counseling Center
Anxiety

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that everyone experiences at times. Many people feel anxious, or nervous, when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. Anxiety disorders, however, are different. They can cause such distress that it interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.  Anxiety disorders are the most common of all the mental health disorders.  An anxiety disorder may make you feel anxious most of the time, without any apparent reason.  Anxious feelings may be so uncomfortable that to avoid them you may stop some everyday activities. Some individuals may have occasional bouts of anxiety so intense that they become terrified and/or immobilized.

Treatment modalities for anxiety include individual psychotherapy, group therapy, and family therapy.  Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are two proven talking therapies. Behavioral Therapy focuses on changing specific behaviors and uses techniques to stop unwanted behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy teaches ways to identify, understand, and change the ways children and adolescents think about stressful things. You can find additional information regarding anxiety disorders online.  

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List of Pleasurable Activities:

  • Talk on the phone
  • Go out with a friend
  • Invite friends over
  • Text friends/family
  • Organize a party
  • Exercise
  • Take a yoga class
  • Go for a long scenic walk
  • Watch the clouds
  • Star gaze
  • Go jog
  • Ride a bike
  • Go hiking
  • Roller/ice skating
  • Try a new adventure sport like surfing, sky-diving, kayaking, etc.
  • Go to a playground and join or watch a game
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Putt-putt golf
  • Billiards
  • Tennis
  • Get a massage
  • Go sit outside
  • Go for a drive
  • Ride the bus somewhere new
  • Plan a trip somewhere new, maybe even nearby
  • Take a nap
  • Eat a treat
  • Cook your favorite dish
  • Try a new recipe
  • Take a cooking class
  • Go out to a restaurant you haven’t been to yet
  • Babysit a friends dog
  • Bird watch
  • Wildlife watch
  • Read the Sunday comics
  • Go to the movies
  • Watch TV
  • Listen to the radio
  • Go to a sporting event
  • Play a board or card game with a friend
  • Play solitaire
  • Play video games
  • Chat online
  • Surf the internet
  • Create your own website
  • Create your own blog
  • Join a Christian meetup site
  • Sell unwanted items on the internet
  • Buy something on the internet
  • Do a puzzle
  • Go shopping
  • Get a haircut and/or get a mani pedi
  • Go to the Library
  • Go to church
  • Go to (or join) a small group church meeting
  • Go to the book store
  • Read your bible
  • Pray
  • Do something nice for others
  • Go out for coffee/tea
  • Go to a museum or art gallery
  • Write a letter to God
  • Play an instrument or learn how to
  • Write a song or poem
  • Listen to upbeat music
  • Dance
  • Make a movie
  • Take pictures
  • Join a theater group
  • Plant a garden
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Sign up for a new class
  • Read a novel
  • Write letters to friends/family
  • Journal
  • Write a letter to yourself only speaking of your strengths
  • Draw/paint/sculpt
  • Make a list of positive role models/people you look up to
  • Write about the funniest or craziest thing that has ever happened to you
  • Write a letter to someone who has improved your life
  • Make a list of ways to improve other people’s lives
  • Call a friend or family member
  • Create your own list of fun activities
  • Go to the mall or park to people watch
  • Learn a new language
  • Sing/learn a new song

 

One suggested Internet resource is:

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml