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Anxiety and stress are quite unpleasant. It is natural to want to avoid them. Unfortunately, avoidance behaviors only increase the intensity of the anxiety in the long-term, which increases our desire to avoid situations in which we feel anxious. This avoidance eventually leads to depression as we stop living the life we want to be living.

Therapy can help by first identifying the sources of stress and helping you eliminate them if possible. Sometimes, the causes of anxiety and stress cannot be eliminated. And you likely have tried to do so without success. In these situations, there is another way. Acceptance and mindfulness are keys to moving toward your values despite having anxiety and stress. Keeping the mind focused on the present moment and on moving your life toward workable goals is the best way to cope with anxiety and stress that is persistent. It is difficult, but with practice, you can do it.

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