Special Edition on Anxiety
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NJPA E-Newsletter

Spring 2014
In This Issue...

Modern life is undeniably stressful. There are so many demands coming at us from so many different directions that life can often feel unmanageable. So, it’s not surprising that a large number of people struggle with anxiety. Unlike with a specific fear, people just have a sense that something is wrong, that there is some hard-to-put-your-finger-on threat. You might feel it in your body with muscle tension or rapid heart beat. You might experience it with a sense of apprehension, or your thoughts might turn to worries. If you are fortunate enough not to be burdened with anxiety, it is likely that you know someone who is, such as your child, spouse, friend, or parent.

The articles in this newsletter provide you with a helpful perspective for understanding anxiety, as well as offering effective coping skills– whether the anxiety is an everyday variety or a more serious anxiety disorder. In addition, there are articles that address helping children of different ages to cope better with anxiety.

It is our hope that as you read this edition of the NJPA-E Newsletter, you will use what you learn from the articles to improve your life and the lives of your loved one.

~Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD
Stop Your Anxiety Now!
by Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhD
If you struggle with worry and anxiety, you know all too well the toll it takes on your life. You might generate so much anxiety that you are unable to talk with someone you are close with about a concern, appear more like a deer-in-the-headlights than a sharp candidate at a job interview, are practically paralyzed at the thought of doing a presentation for work, or have poor concentration while taking an important exam.  The list goes on and on. If you even remotely relate to this, you will want to know about square breathing. Though it won’t fix underlying issues that might be driving your anxiety, it can help you to relax, refocus, and move forward.  read more...
On No!  The Thought That Triggers Anxiety
by Janie Feldman, PsyD

In my 20-plus years of practice I have found that successful treatment for anxiety comes from the combination of helping develop effective coping strategies as well as provide a working knowledge of the origins of anxiety. Learning to manage anxiety is a common goal of my clients. Figuring out the origin of their anxiety is a less common yet equally worthwhile goal. Knowing how to cope with anxiety is extremely beneficial, as the skills we utilize to cope with anxiety are quite similar to those we use to cope with stress – and stress is a practically universal phenomenon. But understanding why we experience anxiety can help us navigate so much better in terms of either minimizing the anxiety we face, or avoiding it altogether.  read more...
Five Reasons to Ditch Perfectionism
by Sarah Seung-McFarland, PhD

Are you a perfectionist? If so, you may be conscientious about following rules, and doing what is right and “proper.” Perhaps you take pride in being orderly, dependable, and detail-oriented. You may even wear your perfectionistic tendencies like a badge of honor, jokingly letting others know you’re a little “OCD” (that’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

On the flip side, you may be fearful of making mistakes, and attempt to compensate for shortcomings by being super controlling and rigid about what you expect from yourself (and others). If you made a mistake during your PowerPoint presentation, it doesn’t matter that you did a great job overall.
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