learning to tell a new story about anxiety

Living with anxiety can be excruciating.  Although a part of the approach to anxiety treatment involves teaching our bodies to calm down, another part of our work is to learn how to narrate our stories differently.  This means identifying the negative messages we've internalized and talking back to them.  For some, it could mean moving from telling ourselves, "I can't handle this" to reassuring ourselves, "I can get through this."  

The video linked below tells the story of a researcher who found that simply re-labelling that keyed-up, on-edge feeling as excitement can have a positive impact. 

http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/485297/turn-anxiety-into-excitement/