Distract, Distract, Distract
For the last two months I have been under the very clear direction of my doctor to "distract, don't think." My thinking--even though I thought I was doing the right thing by using cognitive-behavioral techniques--was making things worse. So she told me to stay away from the self-help books and to work on a word puzzle or watch a movie instead, and to surround myself with people as much as possible. Don't get me wrong, there is a place for cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindfulness. But when I reach a point of disabling anxiety, it's more beneficial for me to try to get out of my head as much as possible.