EVERYONE HAS ANXIETY, it is a survival instinct, deep inside us, that helps to protect us from getting hurt. And it does this by preparing our body (and mind) to fight or run away. To fight or flee, the fight-or-flight response, it is this that makes us scared and prepared in order to keep us safe.
In the past, dangerous things that could harm us included such things as wild animals, poisonous snakes and insects, strangers, heights and confined spaces. Being confronted by any of these could have been life threatening.
Today, we no longer face the direct threats of our ancestors. They still exist of course: wild animals, dangerous strangers
etc. and could potentially kill us in certain circumstances, but
they don't impact our lives as they did.
Today, the threats we face are more subtle and vague. Problems with…
x_ Partners in relationships
x_ Family members
x_ Work colleagues or the job itself
x_ Money and bills
x_ Health and diet
x_ The violence in the world
… can make us feel bad, unhappy and miserable for a long time. They make us uncomfortable, generally discontented and in a very real way, insecure.
When problems in our life persist or get worse we start to feel bad and insecure more often. Eventually anxiety (our self protection system) kicks in, mild at first, usually in form of increased nervousness and apprehension or some anxiety- related symptom.
We may notice that we are more shaky, sweating more, experiencing heart palpitations, tightness across the chest or blushing. Any symptom related to anxiety may develop. And worrying about these symptom only makes them worse for it increases the anxiety.
These anxiety symptoms reflect our mind and body warning us that something is not right in our life, something is making us insecure and we need to stop it or get away from it. If the situation remains unresolved we can become more and more anxious (with various anxiety symptoms getting worse) seemingly for no apparent reason.
Reducing Anxiety Naturally
Today, many people start to experience anxiety symptoms for the reasons detailed above: unresolved life situations that cause continuous unhappiness and insecurity.
And the way to deal with short-term anxiety problems (that seem to have come on for no reason) involves three things:-
1. Establish a Reason for the Anxiety (or Depression)
Identify any situation in your life that is regularly causing unnecessary stress and feelings of insecurity. Realise that such situations would cause anxiety in anyone and that your symptoms are justified and there for a reason.
This reduces much of their power. Seeing them as justified and with an external cause rather than being a medical condition or due to “something wrong with you” allows you to take control. When anxious (or depressed) accept it and that it is there for a good reason.
Stressful, negative situations should be removed from your life completely or avoided wherever possible. And when it's not possible to do this try to adapt how you react to them so they don't upset you so much.
2. Learn How to Relax and Do it Regularly
Relaxation is the physiological opposite of tension. It is impossible for a relaxed muscle to be tense or a calm mind to be anxious. Find a relaxation technique that is comfortable and effective and practice it often. (The 'Progressive Muscle Relaxation' technique developed by Jacobsen in the 1930's still remains one of the most successful methods available today).
3. Exercise Often
Endorphines (natural morphine-like chemicals) released by the body during exercise to combat the stress of the exercise help to alleviate all stress. Physical exercise also provides a release for pent-up nervous energy and numerous studies show exercise to be better than anti-depressants at alleviating (not curing) depression.
Develop an exercise regime appropriate to age, fitness levels and health (always consult a medical and fitness professional before starting any exercise regime) and, again, do it regularly.
Identifying and dealing with any stressful life situation combined with counteracting the mental and physical effects of anxiety and depression through relaxation and exercise can help to remedy short-term problems.
Anxiety Disorders and Depression
Excessive and persistent anxiety, uncontrollable worrying, panic attacks, irrational fears and phobias (particularly social phobia), obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours, even severe depression…
These problems reflect how the human mind tries to deal with unresolved anxiety.
There is no doubt that persistent nervousness and anxiety, if unresolved, can lead to serious problems. Indeed, numerous research studies show that the first thing many people with
long-term anxiety disorders remember about the start of their problem is “being too nervous for a long time”.
Over time, anxiety that isn’t resolved starts to become linked to our self rather than any external situation that caused it. It’s how the mind works and it does make things a bit more complicated, but when we truly understand how this happens it is possible to cure these problems completely.
Help for Anxiety Disorders and Severe Depression
If you would like to know more about these problems and about a new answer for them – one that shows how to cure them completely and permanently without therapy or