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Things You Can Learn from Social Workers About Dealing with Anxiety




Person walking on a beach to relieve anxiety

Not many people realize that social work is a very challenging field. There are a lot of occupations in this field that require absolute focus, a high level of empathy, and patience. Social workers that help people with mental health issues, for example, need to be able to stay grounded and balanced.

As someone with panic disorder myself, I came to learn a lot from the social workers who helped me deal with psychological issues. Here are some of the techniques and approaches for dealing with anxiety that you can learn from social workers.

Don’t Run

We all have our own ways of running from the real issues. I usually bury myself in work whenever I feel overly anxious about something. Running from the issue – or being in denial – works as a temporary solution, but it clearly doesn’t solve the main problem. It is only a matter of time before the anxiety kicks back in, usually worse than before.

Top universities such as Rutgers Online and their MSW online programs are preparing future social workers to dig deep and find the source of the problem. Instead of avoiding issues, social workers are trained to face them in order to discover the real source of those issues as part of their masters in social work online course.

This is something you can try too. The next time you feel anxious about something, find a comfortable space and have a deep conversation with yourself. Figure out the real reasons why you feel anxious; you will know what to do in order to feel less anxious once you understand the reasons.

Learn to Accept

Even with the best skills and experience, many social workers are forced to face failures on a regular basis. What they fully understand is that failure can be the only possible outcome in certain circumstances; it is simply inevitable and it needs to be accepted. You need to learn to accept failures too.

There is nothing wrong with failing. Failures often lead to new opportunities to explore. On top of that, failures are the best sources of experience; there is a lot to learn from the failures you have in life.

Learn to accept, and you won’t have to fear failure so much. The sooner you can accept things for what they are, the sooner you can understand the situation you are in and the less anxious you will feel.

Be Patient

One last thing to remember about dealing with anxiety is to be patient with the issue. Anxiety isn’t something you can solve overnight; I know because I’ve been there myself. Social workers work with the people they help for months – even years – in many cases. Some even become close friends and continue to support each other for life.

Open up and talk about your problems with the people you care about. Look around; there are a lot of them. Loved ones and close friends are your sources of strength. They help you be more patient in dealing with panic attacks and anxiety-related issues. Learn from the best social workers – as we just did in this article – and you can deal with anxiety better in the future.

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