A Self-Help Program for Managing Anxiety With Clinical Psychologist and Author Michael D. Yapko, Ph.D. Everyone gets anxious from time to time, of course. But, if you find yourself worrying too often, thinking too much about how things may go wrong, spinning around the same thoughts over and over, avoiding situations that cause you discomfort, or regularly feel you might not be able to cope with life problems without getting overwhelmed, then anxiety is likely to be a bigger part of your life than it needs to be.
Calm Down! will help you manage – and even prevent – episodes of anxiety in your life. In Calm Down!, Dr. Yapko brings his substantial clinical expertise to teaching you many of the key skills that are known to reduce and even prevent anxious thoughts, feelings and behaviors. These are skills for identifying and correcting the thoughts (“What if…?”) and perceptions (“I could never handle it if…”) that lead to anxiety.
Calm Down! is a 4 CD program which offers seven different hypnosis or focusing sessions that make skillful use of structured relaxation processes that not only allow you to feel physically comfortable, but also make it easier to learn new ways of thinking about yourself and the life issues you face that may contribute to your anxiety. The Calm Down! CD program contents are listed below.
Contents of the Calm Down! CD Program:
Session 1: Anxiety: What it is, Where it Comes From, and What Can Help
(A discussion about how to better understand and manage anxiety skillfully)
Session 2: Change as a Process: From Fear to Acceptance Without Thinking Too Much
(The importance of adapting to changes in life without over-analyzing them)
Session 3: Comfortable Familiarity and Seeking Out What’s New
(Sensible and positive ways of venturing outside your comfort zone)
Session 4: Thinking Globally But Acting Locally
(The danger of thinking in overly general terms and missing helpful opportunities)
Session 5: Separate This from That
(A divide-and-conquer strategy for rising above fear and self-doubt)
Session 6: Sleep Well
(A soothing journey into a good quality sleep which has restorative benefits)
Session 7: It Seems Risky…or am I Just Too Cautious?
(A focus on assessing risks realistically and enhancing trust in yourself)
Session 8: Looking Forward
(The importance of considering the future… but without the catastrophes)