1. Fidel

    This is an educative post on anxiety. I didn’t know of some of the ways to deal with this condition until reading this article. I have really learnt alot from it. Thanks for sharing this info.

    From what I read you don’t recommend medication for treatment why is it so?

    • Stefan

      Hi Fidel

      imo drug should be means of last resort. That’s because many of them render lasting damage to the brain by agglutinating the synapses. First try with coaching or self help guides or look on my site under Exercises.

      Cheers, Stefan

  2. Dylan

    I like how you came at the problem of anxiety and mental issues from a sort of humorous viewpoint. its a very serious matter buts its refreshing to see someone come from it from a satirical viewpoint. your advice to f**k anxiety is also very simple and easy advice to follow and everyone should be able to this.

    Do you know of any exercises that will help with anxiety

    • Stefan

      Hi Dylan

      Thanks for the feedback. Indeed, raw humor can release your inner power which was covered by anxiety. A famous Swiss author, Max Frisch, once said: “Never loose your anger!” This is the energy which gets you going.

      As to the solution. Search on my site the keyword Exercises, you’ll find something that suits you. There’s no one for all solution. And the effort you display in searching proofs that you’ve got the will the change 😉

      Cheers, Stefan

  3. Pete

    Hi Stefan
    I very much like it how you deal with this serious issue, thoroughly and extensively, ending with a somehow revolting mind and smiling face. I can sense the ages old value of fighting hard, keeping loyal to the just cause and always focussing the eyes towards the future.

    It’s an energy quite often forgotten, summarized in the slogan:
    “Don’t let the bastards grind you down!”

    A final question: How do you decide when to turn to a professional psychologist or psychiatrist?

    Thanks and greetings, Pete


    • Hi Pete
      thanks for your interesting remarks indeed! First I’d like to know more about the “ages old value” you’r talking about. It seems you hint at a source we have forgotten. Can you say more to that?

      And to your question: First I try to find out if a person can relate to himself or herself in a reflective manner, if he or she is able to step aside and take a look from the outside onto their life. If not, the probability is high we’re dealing with a psychotic person. In this case it’s reasonable to get in touch with a psychiatrist.

      In case of a psychic or neurotic disorder, it’s a question of degree. Am I just one more trash can in a long row, then it might be time to recommend professional help. But it’s hard sometimes to decide.

      Hope that helps. Take care,

  4. Belinda

    Firekeeper I really enjoyed reading your website and I totally agree with the diagram of the vicious circle. I tell you I can say I am messed up. all those symptoms had my name on. I am working on my heart and mind at this moment. Thank you so much,

    • Stefan

      Hi Belinda

      thanks for sharing your personal words! I wish you ‘ll find the necessary freedom and peace in order to overcome your upset condition.

      Take care, Stefan

  5. Manu

    I have had to deal with anxiety and depression for a number of years now and I like the four coping strategies you have outlined.

    What I have found is that they are a skill, so I need to practice them regularly and fight the initial urge to avoid the situation. Have you used a formal meditation practice as part of coping strategies as well?

    • Stefan

      Hi Manu

      thank you for your personal comment! You’re absolutely right, change of your inner dynamic doesn’t come easy. You’ve got to brake old habits and enable a positive, loving view on life. When you’re asking for a formal meditation, then you probabely want some suggestions that are proven to work. I can offer you a fresh look at your situation, but not in the sense of a formula.

      Every technique is another prison for the flow of life. Instead, they are abstracts of experiences that worked for somebody else. The most important thing is, that you find something that works for you. In this post you’ll find a guidance to the source which is inside of yourself. I hope you can relate to that!


      God’s Spedd! Stefan

  6. Daniella

    Hi Stefan,

    What a nice article, I found it very informative and interesting! I was surprised to read that woman are twice as much affected than men. Maybe because of our hormones that go up and down? I also really like the sentence you have mentioned in the comment ( Don’t lose your anger) It’s so true! When I am angry then I accomplish much more than usual. When I feel down, then I watch a funny movie or play with my cat or do some sports as well. And then I feel great :-)

    Thank you very much for this awesome blog!

    • Stefan

      Hello Daniella

      thanks for your supportive feedback indeed! I believe it’s important to ask oneself what really the feeling of anxiety is all about. With such an honest look, chances are good that you can transform this annoying emotion into a beneficial one.

      As to the gender aspect: basically, anxiety can be located in the Amygdala of the limbic system in the brain. So the specific brain chemistry caused by hormones would explain the fact, the women are more affected as you said.

      A really good way to fight anxiety too is humor. Enjoy this post: http://heartbasedpower.com/funny-one-line-joke-lau

      Take care, Stefan

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