Outsmarting Panic and Anxiety
Where You Can Find Information and Help for Getting Rid of Anxiety and Panic
OSPAA is a self help site containing a variety of information, ideas and perspectives.
Its purpose is to provide access to methods and techniques you may not have previously encountered as well as people, processes and programs.
But – self help doesn’t mean going it alone or doing it instead of getting professional help and treatment.
Self help simply means learning about and considering new ideas, practices, and techniques that you may find helpful.
I wanted to have more control over my life and my anxiety. Taking positive action in a variety of ways helped me do that.
This site was created as an outcome of my own experiences.
Plus I’m really big on having options. That way if one process doesn’t work for you or if you’ve outgrown a technique then you have more things you can try.
It’s important to me that you find what works for you. The best way I can think of doing that is to gather and present as many different resources as I can.
That means I’ll share with you what I learned along my journey and the people from whom I learned it. Plus, I’ll share additional methods, more perspectives, and ideas from a lot of other people as well.
I have many avenues through which I find information and get connected to new people. This site is not about me going out and gathering a whole bunch of random information and writing it up.
For example, one of the members of my Buddhist community (aka a sangha) is a therapist. He recently shared with me the name of a Connecticut therapist, teacher and author with whom he had done some training on anxiety.
I’d never heard of Dr. David Tolin, but one of these days you’ll be seeing a review of his book Face Your Fears: A Proven Plan to Beat Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, and Obsessions on the site.
For the Record – What This Site Is All About
Just so we’re on the same page: this is not a medical, therapeutic, counseling or similar type of site, nor is it intended to replace or modify that type of care.
And speaking of information, it’s updated on a regular basis. The new content varies from anxiety topics to life topics to tips and techniques. There is always new material being added.
Because of that, I suggest you sign up for my email list. Not only will you get a helpful free gift (my 10 Tips to Outsmart Anxiety – Whatever the Situation) but you’ll also get notified when new material has been added to the site.
In addition to that, I love sharing information, and relevant work of other bloggers in those emails. I am in several blogging groups so I have access to a lot of people!
Consider giving it a try, but if it’s not for you, it’s easy to unsubscribe.
What You Can Find On Outsmarting Panic and Anxiety
Click on the Anxiety & Panic Help menu and you’ll find well-researched information about anxiety and panic. On that page I explain why anxiety is a disorder not a disease as some people believe.
Under the Anxiety & Panic Help menu, you’ll see two other menus: Expert Help – Anxiety & Panic, and Meditation.
The Expert Help – Anxiety & Panic section is where you can find book reviews by title and author, product and program reviews. There are also links to blog posts written dealing with my anxiety and panic experiences.
The Meditation page is where you’ll find a description of what meditation is according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH).
There’s an introduction to meditation and info on how a regular meditation practice can help in reducing your anxiety.
Additionally, you’ll find explanations about the various kinds of mediation practices and instructions for practicing them: Seated Meditation, Walking Meditation, Relaxation Meditation and Guided Meditation.
Remember to check out additional practices under Quick & Easy Meditations
I believe you don’t deal with your challenges with anxiety by focusing solely on books about anxiety.
Anxiety is a response to one’s life, and you need help from a variety of sources to help you reorder your life and reduce your anxiety.
That’s why there’s a Life Help section similar to the Expert Help – Anxiety & Panic section. There you’ll find book reviews by title and author, product and program reviews. And yes, I also blog about life’s challenges.
The Life Help section is where you’ll see my perspective on what can help you meet life’s challenges!
Some of the books I’ll be reviewing may surprise you as you won’t find them in Self-Help section of a book store or library.Last but definitely not least is the Tips and Techniques section which is pretty self-explanatory. Presently there are over 15 unique pieces of advice, with more being added as I create them. New ones get announced via emails.
Some of the tips and techniques are ones I learned from other people such as the Personal Bill of Rights.
Some have been modified based on how I use them like the Make a Space.
Others come from experience of what has worked for me in given situations including the newly added Quick Trick to Reduce Overwhelm.
How to Start Outsmarting Your Panic and Anxiety
One thing that I’ve discovered with my own challenges with anxiety is that you need to have a good foundation of basic practices. Basic practices are ones that you use every day and sometimes use multiple times a day.
- They give you breathing room from your anxiety.
- They help you remember to treat yourself lovingly and kindly.
- They give you a way to get in touch with the emotions that anxiety is all too eager to use against you.
- They are easy to learn, quick to do and you can do them almost any time and anywhere.
- They are the ones I’ve found most helpful and use every day.
They are the first three steps in how to get rid of anxiety and panic attacks, and I sincerely hope you find them as beneficial as I have.