As an author of an anxiety book, I have dealt with fear and anxiety for over fifteen years. At times, my fears had the best of me, however I never gave up and I was always determined to find the answers to my problems. Let me explain to you the process of how I found those answers.

I first went to my local bookstore to find those books that dealt with fear and anxiety. I looked for those books that reviewed the techniques in how to manage certain fears and anxieties. As I read these books, I started a notebook and every time I found a technique that was useful in managing my fears, I would write it down in my small notebook.

Secondly, I interviewed various professionals in the psychology and religious fields and they provided me with additional information. Some of the techniques that they talked about were learning how to use positive self talk, using thought stopping techniques, and gathering the facts of a fearful situation.

For instance, a person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter a fear provoking thought. The stop sign is a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. This technique is good in dealing with obsessive and scary thoughts. I also learned that it is important to get all of the facts of a situation that gets us all upset. Gathering the facts can prevent us from relying on exaggerated and fearful assumptions.

I made it a point that every time I experienced a fearful or anxiety related situation, I would use the information that I learned. After the anxiety would go away I figured out what techniques worked and which ones didn’t work. In every anxiety-related situation I experienced, I began to learn what worked and what I needed to improve on in managing my fears and anxieties.

The main point of this article is that there is always hope in finding out what may work in managing your fears and anxieties. It might take some hard work and persistence, but it is possible to find those techniques that work for you.

BIOGRAPHY: Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: