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Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students

Frequent Cell Phone Use Linked to Anxiety, Lower Grades and Reduced Happiness in Students | Unplug | Scoop.it
Today, smartphones are central to college students’ lives, keeping them constantly connected with friends, family and the Internet.
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What Can You Do About Anxiety?

What Can You Do About Anxiety? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Great discussions are par for the course here on Lifehacker. Each day, we highlight a discussion that is particularly helpful or insightful, along with other great discussions and reader questions you may have missed.
Susan Taylor's insight:

How is anxiety different from stress and what can you do about it?

 

Anxiety is when you feel fearful and apprehensive, putting your mind and body on high alert.  "Biologically, it's meant to put us in a heightened sense of awareness so we're prepared for potential threats."

 

Anxiety can look like stress and even arise as a result of stress.  Stress makes you feel sad, angry or worried while anxiety is more realted to a feeling of fear or dread.  External influences often cause stress while anxiety is an internal response, making it difficult to manage.

 

So what can you do about anxiety?  Relaxation techniques seem to be key.  Meditation; listening to relaxing music; and exercising can all help to take your mind off anxiety.  Whichever you choose, "the entire point is to calm the mind and dismiss the errant thoughts that lead to anxiety."

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If Life Feels Like a Battlefield, Mindfulness Can Help

If Life Feels Like a Battlefield, Mindfulness Can Help | Unplug | Scoop.it
With mindfulness courses, you will learn to identify the internal struggles and you apply a different way of relating to them.

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You start with the WHY's...Why me? Why now? Why is all of this happening?  You move to the WHEN's...When will things get better?  When will things be different?  When will it all end?  "Wrestling with our thoughts and feelings can be likened to a war within ourselves."

 

So if life feels like a battlefield, mindfulness can help you to get out of your own way.  Through mindfulness, you can learn to observe your thoughts differently.  And in doing so, it becomes easier to change the relationship you have with those thoughts. 

 

It's true that mindfulness practice is not some miraculous quick fix.  Yet over time, "you will learn to identify the internal struggles – the thoughts, language, feelings and strategies you currently use and apply a different way of relating to them."

 

Instead of fighting your own personal war, why not instead become the skillful observer of it?

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Diving Into Your Fear? How to Manage Anxiety and Thrive...

Diving Into Your Fear? How to Manage Anxiety and Thrive... | Unplug | Scoop.it
Anxiety can be crippling. All of us deal with varying levels of stress — it's an evolutionary trait that helped us remain cognizant of the world's potential dangers.
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Derek Beres reveals years of crippling anxiety and the resulting experiences of flight-or-fight panic attacks. Blacking out simply out of fear, waking up in a stranger's lap and other adventures were not uncommon. While the myriad meditation and medication avenues helped a little along the way, there was one approach that proved most effective in managing fear: diving into those fears, bit by bit.


As a long-time proponent of most "face it directly" therapeutic approaches, I found the results achieved in this one man's life affirming. But the truth is, we cannot always improve our anxiety episodes by one simple fix focus. It's possible Beres' improvement techniques readied him for the "dive in" approach which finally set him on a more manageable path. 


Ignoring an ongoing problem doesn't make it go away, but working diligently and lovingly towards effective change, as Beres has done, is key. If you fancy the meditation solution for anxiety, you may appreciate this too: http://sco.lt/6YeuFF

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Sue Pompetti's comment, November 20, 2013 2:56 PM
You are welcome, Craig :)
Shaan White's curator insight, October 6, 2014 10:15 AM

In the years of working as a top level anxiety specialist on Harley Street I've spent my life studying various approaches. At times it can get confusing for us professionals with so many techniques and approaches. In a nutshell I discovered that although we as therapists vehemently defend our approach and methodologies there really is no one size fits all. Rather the best approach is a multi-faceted approach that is tailored to the client. However I would add that the concept of letting go of one's emotional attachment to the problem works well. Really it is a balancing act. Focusing on the positive can give us false hope, and focus on the negative can draw us down into that never ending spiral.  Therapy needs to be results driven, fast, effective with the client being an active participant in therapy and understanding that they must take consistent daily action to achieve the results they are searching for. Thank you for a great article:)