SMART Training for Anxiety
I recently had the singular experience of attending a Seminar on the S.M.A.R.T. method by Dr. Amit Sood. This is a method of stress relief that has been developed by several doctors at Mayo clinic. It stands for Stress management and Resilience Training. I found it to be very helpful.
Most of my anxiety stems from interactions with those of the male persuasion, but also very aggressive/competitive females. I have found also, like many of you, that as my stress goes up, my anxiety symptoms get worse. I have implemented many of the techniques used in the SMART training and found them to be very practical, methodical and effective.
One of the first things they recommend that you do is to start taking control of your thoughts. Instead of allowing your brain to wander, you choose your thoughts. If you find yourself in a moment where you are not task focused, they recommend that you take that time to send those in your life, family, friends, enemies, all...to send them well-wishes or little mental blessings. You can make this non religious, spiritual, or religious, according to your preferences...and this allows you to prevent the mental obsession and ruminating that can sometimes lead to or exacerbate the negative thought process that leads to social anxiety.
This is something that I am practicing on a daily basis. Each of the recommended tasks, I am trying to practice them for 21 days each so that I develop them as habits. During this time, I am also journaling my progress and setbacks in order to prepare for the next stage.
I will post more about this method in my next post. I would like to hear if anyone else has been trained in this method, and if so, how it has worked out for you in the long run. I am very interested to hear from other women who have experienced anxiety around men, specifically if they are employees that you have to supervise, and especially if they are particularly attractive. Aside from my usual anxiety around men, I am currently experiencing acute anxiety as the new supervisor of an extremely attractive male. Same anxiety over the fact that he is male...new anxiety over the fact that he is my responsibility and very attractive.
I look forward to your responses. : )