Learning how to deal with anxiety can be very difficult on your own. And with the tremendous amount of treatments and quick tips out there, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. However, when it comes to approaches for combating anxiety, there are three core fundamentals.

1. Monitor Your Triggers

The secret to learning how to get rid of anxiety is identifying the triggers of excessive or irrational fear. You can do this by using the tools provided on this website to teach your mind and body a different way of reacting to those triggers. Our ABCtracker™, an online application developed by UCLA anxiety specialists, will help you monitor your triggers, as well as teach you current techniques for relaxing your body and your mind.

2. Dismantle Negative Beliefs

The belief that the strong emotions and physical symptoms of anxiety are harmful can increase and maintain your state of anxiety. This leads to a vicious cycle of negative thoughts that can make you feel frightened and out of control. While multiple techniques can help you control these anxious thoughts, it's also important to really understand what these repetitive alarms and beliefs are. More information about these repetitive thoughts can be found in our article specifically about alarms and beliefs, Learning Your ABC's.

3. Identify Coping Techniques

One of the most important steps in overcoming anxiety is developing an effective coping strategy. Unfortunately, the coping behaviors that people suffering from anxiety develop on their own often involve avoiding the things that trigger their anxiety. While this provides short term relief, it can cause long term problems as more and more things are avoided and the source of the anxiety is never treated. The first step in building positive coping techniques is identifying the tools you're currently using; our ABCtracker™ has a built-in coping mechanism monitor to help you recognize them.

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Updated: September 04, 2016