Category Anxiety

Retrain Your Anxious Brain

Retrain Your Anxious Brain
by John Tsilimparis MFT and Daylle Deanna Schwawrtz
Brilliance Audio
Retail Price $15.95
Amazon Price: $12.24

Book Description: 

Trouble sleeping, panic attacks, knots in your stomach, excessive worry, doubts, phobias—anxiety comes in many shapes and sizes, and affects millions of people. But you don’t have to suffer anymore. In Retrain Your Anxious Brain, renowned therapist and anxiety expert John Tsilimparis, MFT, shares the groundbreaking program he’s created to help hundreds of people (himself included) free themselves from crippling anxiety and live healthier, happier lives.

Rather than just treating or masking symptoms, Tsilimparis’s innovative approach helps you identify and short-circuit anxiety triggers, so that you can stop anxiety before it starts. This customizable plan teaches you how to:

• Alter the fixed thoughts that can cause anxiety

• Adjust your existing personal belief systems

• Challenge the idea of consensus reality

• Balance your dualistic mind

• Consciously create your own reality


I struggle with worry and anxiety and my mother-in-law decided this would be a good book for me to listen to as I commute to work.  I am so glad she gave it to me!  The author gives a good explanation of what worry and specific exercises and tools that help to reinforce positive behaviors that will help you retrain your thought process.  I also found his own story that he shares enlightening and very easy to relate to.If you are looking for a book that explains anxiety and provides coping skills, look no further.  You will find comfort and help by listening to this book.

~Reviewed by Rich W.

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    How to Manage Anxiety and Phobias without Drugs

    Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time. However, when your anxiety or phobia limits you from experiencing life, it’s time to take serious action. Drugs or medications are often prescribed. Yet before you take this step consider managing your anxiety or phobia without medication. Many medications have unwanted side effects. Natural anxiety tactics help you manage your issues without these potential dangers.

    10 Ways to Manage Anxiety and Phobia without Drugs

    1) Yoga. Yoga teaches many lessons. You learn to control your breathing. You learn to focus. You also learn how strong and capable you are. Combined, this is a powerful tool to manage anxiety. Using what you learn in yoga, you can quickly refocus your thoughts, relax and send fear away.

    2) Meditation. Meditation helps you look inward for answers and strength. Like yoga meditation also teaches focus and controlled breathing. With insight and control you can virtually eliminate anxiety and phobias from ruling your life.

    3) Exercise. Exercise boosts endorphins, feel good hormones. These hormones make you feel as if you can accomplish anything. They’re very strong and very positive.

    4) Fresh air. Fresh air and sunshine help clear the cobwebs from your mind. Also, sunshine helps your body produce vitamin D. Vitamin D has been shown to help manage depression and optimize many functions. It simply helps you feel more positive and in control of your life.

    5) Cut back on stimulants including sugar and caffeine. Stimulants can actually worsen anxiety and fear. Cut them out of your diet. You’ll be healthier and you’ll feel calmer.

    6) No alcohol or drugs. Alcohol and drugs interfere with your body’s chemistry. They can mess up your hormones, alter your brain chemistry and ultimately change your mood and personality.

    7) Positive affirmations. When you’re experiencing anxiety or fear use affirmations to change your thoughts. Affirmations are positive statements. They help you refocus. For example, a stressful thought like, “I’ll never get this done in time,” can be changed with a positive affirmation. “I am in control and capable of accomplishing this task in a timely manner.”

    8) Visualizations. When you’re in a stressful situation consider using a visualization to help you relax. For example, you might imagine yourself sitting on a grassy hill watching a beautiful waterfall. Choose a visualization that helps you feel relaxed and calm. Go there when you need to.

    9) Friends. Friends can be a great help when you’re feeling anxious or fearful. A simple phone call or text can help you relax. Friends are also good for laughter which is the perfect tool to combat anxiety.

    10) Get help. Finally, if these natural methods are not working for you consider getting therapy. Talk therapy, massage and other practitioners can help you find balance in your life.

    It is possible and even preferable to treat anxiety and phobias naturally. Medications have the potential for dangerous and unwanted side effects. You can control your thoughts and life a less fearful life.

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