Acceptance: The best way out is always through
By Catriona Bisset and Simone Brick.
One of the major therapeutic approaches to anxiety is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). In our understanding of ACT, the aim is to accept pain and anxiety as feedback. By fully feeling and listening to this feedback, we can create more mental flexibility in the choices that follow it. The ACT model empowers individuals to become aware, accept, and then commit to a course of action that’s in line with their knowledge and values rather than instincts. This can be the difference between responding to our anxiety by acting out in areas that have no real effect on the situation, such as using food, alcohol or excessive training to search for calm; versus becoming aware of the source of our anxiety and taking actions that face the problem head-on.