Reduce Your Anxiety!
The Cause and Effects of Anxiety
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotional state which combines unpleasant thoughts and feelings of fear or worry with bodily changes such as tension and changes in blood flow. Anxiety states take many forms; they have many causes; they vary in both intensity and duration; and the exact combination of emotional and physical symptoms involved varies from person to person. To simplify, we have divided them into separate categories.
NERVOUSNESS AND SOCIAL, SEXUAL, LIFE AND WORK ANXIETIES
These are short-term anxiety states which we all experience from time to time. For example, we tend to use the word nervousness to refer to the moderate amount of anxiety which we feel in situations where failure or poor performance could have personally unpleasant consequences.
Examples of this include the nervousness of an actor before his performance, a public speaker before he delivers his address and a sportsman before he plays his match. The mental and physical arousal associated with such events may actually help to improve one's performance.
But many people find that they are over-aroused in particular social, sexual, life or work situations. If this applies to you, you may find the information below on manifestation using the law of attraction (see the next hyperlink) to be a source of very helpful information.
If you are one of these people, you will not need to be told that this excessive nervousness or social anxiety is completely unhelpful. First of all, it reduces your ability to think clearly and to concentrate, instead filling your mind with confused and worried thoughts.
Then, as it increases in intensity, it begins to affect your body. Your palms may sweat, your heart may pound, your stomach may churn, your mouth go dry, your face burn with embarrassment, and you may need to empty bowel or bladder. Although you may know you really have nothing to fear, your emotions seem to overpower your reason.
No matter how important it is for you to speak confidently, express yourself clearly, or demonstrate your ability, your confidence and ability are undermined by your anxiety. Small wonder, then, that the victim of anxiety often feels ridiculous.
The problem here, in one way, is that a person suffering from high anxiety has lost control of their inner world, and anxiety symptoms are flying around which the person concerned is unable to deal with.
There are methods of intervening - relaxation is especially good here - but in addition, there has to be some sense of a person being able to take control back for themselves. Visualization is a great approach; so is cognitive assumptions about who you are and what role you have in controlling your own life.
Traditionally, these approaches have been the preserve of cognitive behavioral therapist, but there is no reason a person cannot use them on their own.
FEARS AND PHOBIAS
Perhaps, strictly speaking, the word fear should only be used to describe the very intense emotional response which we sometimes feel in objectively dangerous or frightening situations.
(For example, when people in a burning building become paralyzed in terror, we know that their main emotion is fear.) However, fear has come to imply a much wider range of feelings of anxiety and worry. To take but one example, you might say of a shy person: 'He has a fear of meeting people.'
Fear sometimes develops when there is no rational explanation for it. If a person says that he or she is afraid of dogs or cats, flying or high places, enclosed or open spaces, he may well have a phobia. This is an irrational (but real) fear of an object, event, place or situation. Phobic fear, or more correctly phobic anxiety, is the emotional response of a phobic person to the object of his phobia.
In the case of persistent anxiety which does not respond to self-help treatment, you might wish to check out the services of a local counsellor.
In London, we know of several we can recommend - try, for example, the counsellors at North London Counselling, who are all qualified and experienced in dealing with all kinds of emotional issues. You can manifest anything you wish with the Law of Creation which is explained here.
PERSISTENT ANXIETY AND ANXIETY ATTACKS
So far we have considered what are obviously short-term anxiety states. But sometimes a person feels anxious or 'nervous' for much - or even all - of the time. He may have a tense posture, strained facial expression, jerky movements; he may complain of pains in his body or headaches; he may have an upset stomach and perspiring hands; he feels nervous and his hands may tremble; and he often claims a feeling of danger or impending catastrophe, although he does not know what he fears.
Even at moderate levels of anxiety, rational thoughts may be replaced by irrational worries, or a person may become constantly apprehensive with a vague feeling of threat hanging over him. This condition is called 'free floating anxiety', but we like the term persistent anxiety to emphasize the contrast with anxiety felt in specific situations. It is explained later.
Occasionally, people experience a short-lived but intense anxiety attack. Sometimes these attacks occur 'out of the blue', but more often they occur in a person who is fairly anxious anyway. They represent an exaggerated response by the nervous system to mild stimuli.
Sometimes the response is so extreme that no more than a disturbing thought causes marked feelings of anxiety, and in the worst cases a stimulus so insignificant that it cannot even be identified causes a major attack of panic.
This can be very alarming, because all the symptoms of anxiety listed above may occur at once and reduce the person concerned to total confusion. These attacks play a major part in agoraphobia.
WHAT IS ANXIETY? WORRIED THINKING
Perhaps the basis of all anxiety is worried thinking. People frequently worry about strange things when they are suffering from anxiety. Before we go on to discuss each of these anxiety-related problems in more detail, we need to outline some points which are relevant to all forms of anxiety.
These include the effects of anxiety, and the different ways in which anxiety can develop.
THE EFFECTS OF ANXIETY
Emotional Freedom Technique
This is a new kind of therapy which can provide long lasting improvement for emotional difficulties in many common problem areas - and there is usually no need to engage in long term therapy. No matter what you are dealing with, EFT or emotional freedom technique can actually rewrite new neural patterns in the brain.
That is why it offers effective relief and is a short term therapy which provides long term release from issues that are very common - including anxiety, depression, lack of confidence, fear of intimacy, and other common trauma. No matter what your issues, EFT - aka emotional freedom technique - is a powerful therapy, ranking second only to hypnosis in my opinion, and it certainly offers hope whatever your stress or emotional issues.
Perhaps more than anything else, relaxation provides a way of escaping form the symptoms of anxiety. It changes the activity of the nervous system from the sympathetic nervous system to the parasympathetic nervous system, reduces bodily symptoms of anxiety to a low level or eliminates the completely, and helps a person redirect the usage of bodily energy from stress responses (fight or flight) to normal everyday functions in the real world. Above all, it eliminates the possibility of the long term physical responses in the body like heart attacks, high cholesterol, and strokes.
Furthermore, it gives a person more of a sense of being in control of their lives. This is perhaps the most debilitating feature of high anxiety - that people feel they have no control over the situation they are in. This engenders a sense of hopelessness or despair, further adding to the innate stress of the life situation in which people find themselves.
Admittedly, it can be difficult to deal with this; the starting point is to find a way of unpicking the web of stressful stimuli which have wrapped themselves around an individual and their life circumstances. To get away from the essentially cognitive nature of this approach, more bodily centered approaches are helpful. Ones that I have found helpful in my holistic and organic Neals yard shop practice as a therapist are aromatherapy and the sue of a natural wake up alarm called the Lumie Iris 500 bodyclock. This natural alarm clock uses gradually increasing light to awaken you, rather than the jolt of a traditional alarm clock.
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