The magic word that lowers anxiety

Posted on October 10, 2014

There are many successful ways to combat anxiety and stress, from natural remedies like psychotherapy to exercise and even medication. Dr. Hibbs, an anxiety expert who works in his private practice at the Atlanta Network for Individual & Family Therapy shared a truly innovative strategy during on of his conferences, involving a powerful word that literally diminishes symptoms of anxiety.

The magic word is “Nevertheless”. According to Dr. Hibbs, this word helps combat discouragement and turns potentially disastrous days into productive ones. It’s good for your health, your self-esteem, and can make you a more productive, better person.

He believes that ‘nevertheless’ allows us to pause for a minute and realise that we do have other options and choices we could be making. When we feel like not dealing with a specific task or even postpone it indefinitely, we always come up with ‘valid’, to us, reasons for doing so. Nevertheless, we can still choose to do it, anyway, and feel much better afterwards, avoiding unnecessary anxiety.

The following are some helpful ways to use this word:
1. “I’m tired and I’ve earned the right to goof off. Nevertheless, I can get a few more things done and then relax.”
2. “I think I will fail this test but, nevertheless, I am going to start studying and give it my best.”
3. “I’m upset and ice cream is my comfort food. Nevertheless, I will find a better way to deal with my feelings.”

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