Sunday, February 9, 2014

Generalized Anxiety

I just got a great workbook about using CBT for Panic, Generalized Anxiety and Social Anxiety. Now, I'm fully aware that I've touted workbooks in the past as looking great, and then I've never mentioned them again. So I'm a little skeptical myself.

I do hope I use this one, because the anxiety has been rough this winter. I dream of quitting my job or selling my house, but my good friend has reminded me that I'll just find anxiety in the next job or the next house. I tell myself that THIS anxiety is different, worse, than what I'll find elsewhere, but it's not true. I've felt that way about a steady stream of things for years: if I just get through this one, my life will be so much easier. Nope, the next thing comes along, usually immediately.

My friend and I have set up a challenge with each other. We've each got a new workbook, so we've committed to working with them before next weekend. Hopefully I'll have some progress to post about by then.


  1. Your friend sounds like a very smart person! I've often thought, oh things would be better if only this, or only that. It's more how I deal with it that will make things better. Looking forward to hearing more about your workbook. Funny, I just started a workbook on Dialectical Behavior Therapy. I hope I finish this too. I start so many things and never finish them!

  2. That's such a good idea, to have a friend to be "accountable" too. Y'all can be great support to each other too. I'm not too good about doing workbooks either. This one sounds good. I'll look forward to hearing how it goes!

    And, yes, I've been caught up in that line of thinking where I believe that if my life can just change in some way, I won't feel as anxious, fearful, etc. But it doesn't really change.

  3. Looking forward to your thoughts about this workbook. Great idea to include a friend!