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An Introduction To Imaginary Exposure For Handling Worry & Anxiety (1 minute read)

Today’s post “An Introduction To Imaginary Exposure For Handling Worry & Anxiety” continues with how to use the worry hour in order to reduce anxiety as well as get more positive feelings, less intense negative feelings and more adaptive behavioural responses.

This post continues with what to do during the worry hour, more specifically what to do with unproductive/unhelpful thoughts/themes.

I will start with exposure, a favourite within traditional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, CBT.

Note, you only should try this after learning how to calm yourself and if uncertain or feeling fragile together with a licensed psychologist or therapist:

Making an imaginal exposure is done by visualizing and really entering into the worst possible scenario.

Make sure you before doing this have learnt the techniques for calming yourself when experiencing anxiety/stress posted earlier.

If you for example have a fear of flying due to fear of being in a plane crash, it is a rather unproductive worry since you have no control of the plane and it is highly unlikely.

Statistically, it is more likely to be in a car accident than in a plane crash.

More about how to make an imaginal exposure in next post.

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