Video: Dr. Amy Johnson - How to End Habits and Addictions

Here is a great video by Dr. Amy Johnson about ending habits and addictions. A lot of what Dr. Johnson talks about applies to anxiety as well. Anxious thinking is very much a habit or addiction. Think about the language we use in our anxious thinking:

I just have to... (finish the semester, get through this week, give this presentation)....

What if I... (don't get to work on time, can't remember everything I need to do)....

I can't handle this....

Much of the language we use in our anxious thinking has strong similarities with addiction. And in fact, our bodies experience a strong physiological response to such anxious thinking. We just need to do something or get past something and then we will be okay. And we frequently stress about what will happen to us if we fail.

In her video, Dr. Amy Johnson offers some great insight into the power we give habits and addictions as well as how we can overcome them. She also teaches a short course on this same issue, which you might want to check out.