How To Live a Better Life

1. Remember that work is not the only facet to your life. In these demanding times, it’s easy to focus more on the workplace.  Finding a time to "play" is just as important.  Making special time to enjoy interests, hobbies, and family, not only makes life happier and enjoyable, but helps us be more productive on the job as well.

2. Realize that you are just as important as other people -- and say "no" when your obligations and responsibilities are too much.  You can only spread yourself so thin before you’re no good for yourself or anyone else.

3. Don’t compare yourself to other people – at work or in your personal life.  In the first place, no one knows what other people are going through.  More importantly, when you compare yourself to other people, you always tend to see yourself on the "short end" and everyone else seems better to you somehow.  Making comparisons is never a good or helpful thing for you to do.

4. Make a scheduled time every day for relaxation.

This is not a "lazy" relaxation, but a time when you regroup, let go of your stress, and read something that is positive and uplifting.  This is a good time to go over any therapy that you’re working on.  Having a "relaxation" time or a "quiet time" every day strengthens you, allows the stress and tension in your life to evaporate, and keeps you on a positive, even keel.

6. Take time to laugh at yourself and the situations you find yourself in.  Laughter is a powerful, positive medicine, and the calmer and more peaceful you can take things, the happier your life will be.

7. Surround yourself with friends who are positive, encouraging, and helpful.  This has a nice reciprocal benefit: As you are positive and encouraging to others, your friends become positive and encouraging to you.  We all need this continuing, positive encouragement to make solid, positive progress in life.

8. If you have problems getting your feelings and opinions out, learn the techniques of self-assertion, rather than using anger or avoidance and bottling them all up inside.  Burying your feelings and pushing them deep down into yourself only creates blockages in your growth and progress as a human being.

9. Relax, calm down, take things slower.  The cliché is passé, but there’s a big element of truth to it: When you stop to smell the roses, the world is just a brighter, happier, and more beautiful place to live.

Our History and Our Mission

The Anxiety Network began in 1995 due to growing demand from people around the world wanting help in understanding and overcoming their anxiety disorder.  The Anxiety and Stress Clinic and its website, The Anxiety Network, received so much traffic and requests for help that we found ourselves spending the majority of our time in international communication and outreach.  Our in-person anxiety clinic has grown tremendously, and our principal internet tool, The Anxiety Network, has been re-written and re-designed with focus on the major anxiety disorders.  

The Anxiety Network  focuses on three of the major anxiety disorders:  panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,  and social anxiety disorder.

In 1997, The Social Anxiety Association, a non-profit organization, was formed and has its own website.

The Social Anxiety Institute, the largest site on the internet for information and treatment of social anxiety, has maintained an active website since 1998.  Continuous, ongoing therapy groups have helped hundreds of people overcome social anxiety since 1994.  Major changes in design will be occurring in 2014.

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