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“Anxiety, Beginnings, Effects, And How To Over Come It! Get Your Life Back Today!”
“Anxiety, Beginnings, Effects, And How To Over Come It! Get Your Life Back Today!”

“Anxiety, Beginnings, Effects, And How To Over Come It! Get Your Life Back Today!”

Introduction

Anxiety is a common mental health condition that affects millions of people around the world. It can be defined as a feeling of fear, worry, or apprehension about future events or uncertain situations. Anxiety can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental stressors, and traumatic experiences. In this essay, we will explore what anxiety is, how it forms, its effects on individuals, and how a person can overcome it.

“Anxiety, Beginnings, Effects, And How To Over Come It! Get Your Life Back Today!”

Anxiety: What is it?

Anxiety is a normal response to stress, and it is something that everyone experiences at some point in their lives. However, when anxiety becomes persistent and interferes with daily life, it can be classified as a mental health disorder. Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive worry, fear, or panic in response to situations that most people would find manageable.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identifies several different types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. Each type of anxiety disorder has its own set of symptoms and diagnostic criteria, but all of them share the common feature of persistent and excessive fear or worry.

How Anxiety Forms

While many will say that there is no one cause of this disorder, and it is likely that a combination of factors contribute to its development. The truth is that nothing ‘just happens, or begins without an origin. The disorder is usually a result of a traumatic event, an unpleasant experience, or a distressing environment. In short, it is your brains way of letting you know that it doesn’t like what is going on, and, as your brain is designed to do, is going to keep you safe. The only problem with this is that anytime the event, experience or environment crops up again, your brain remembers that scenario and floods your memory with the same emotions, thoughts and feelings that it had when anxiety first formed.

There is good news though, it can be overcome – as I shall show you later on.

As my book tells,

We only ever suffer our memory or our imagination. Anxiety is nothing more than fear. A fear of the past, or the future. A fear of what has been or what could be.

John Morris – The Battles We All Face Book
The Battles We All Face by John Morris

This is why taking control of your thoughts and watching them is critical. As the Buddha once said, ‘there is nothing more dangerous than an unobserved thought.’ How true this sentiment is and how carelessly so many of our live our lives with careless thoughts.

Some people may be more genetically predisposed to or have an anxious strand, while others may develop it in response to environmental stressors or traumatic experiences.

Going a little deeper.

One theory suggests that anxiety arises from an overactive fear response. When faced with a perceived threat, the body activates the sympathetic nervous system. This triggers the release of adrenaline and other stress hormones. These hormones prepare the body to respond to the threat by increasing heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration.

In individuals with anxiety disorders, this fear response is activated more easily and more frequently than in those without the disorder. As a result, they may experience heightened levels of anxiety in response to situations that are not actually dangerous or threatening.

As I cover in the Battles we all face book – Anyone who faces symptoms such as these can easily nutralise their effects by asking one question. “Is what I fear truly worth being afraid of?” I.e. What is the likelihood that this thing feared could actually happen?

Please note the word – DISORDER which I used. Dis-order, meaning it is not normal or usual for your body to experience. It short, it means that you mind is in conflict with your body. As you choose your thoughts, you also choose to have this anxiety experience or not. This is something which my coaching practice teaches upon and we can help! For further information – see here

Effects of Anxiety

Anxiety can have a wide range of effects on individuals, both physical and emotional. Physically, the experience can cause symptoms such as rapid heart rate, sweating, trembling, and nausea. These symptoms can be uncomfortable and disruptive, and they can interfere with daily activities such as work or school.

Emotionally, anxiety can cause feelings of fear, worry, and apprehension. It can also lead to avoidance behaviors, as individuals may try to avoid situations that trigger their anxiety. Over time, this can lead to social isolation and a reduced quality of life.

Anxiety can also have long-term effects on physical health. Chronic anxiety has been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders, and other health problems.

“Anxiety, Beginnings, Effects, And How To Over Come It! Get Your Life Back Today!”

Overcoming Anxiety

While this condition can be a challenging condition to live with, there is good news… you don’t have to! There are many strategies that can help individuals manage their symptoms and overcome their fears, but if you want to overcome it, continue reading to the end!

Some of these strategies include:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of therapy that focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors. It is often used to treat disorders of such a nature as this, and it has been shown to be effective in reducing its symptoms.
  2. Mindfulness: Mindfulness involves paying attention to the present moment without judgment. It can help individuals with anxiety to stay grounded and focused, and it has been shown to be effective in reducing anxiety symptoms.
  3. Exercise: Regular exercise can help to reduce anxiety symptoms by releasing endorphins and reducing stress hormones. Exercise can also improve sleep quality, which can further help to reduce anxiety.
  4. Medication: Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can be effective in treating disorders. However, they should only be used under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
  5. Lifestyle changes: Making lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and reducing caffeine and alcohol intake can also help to reduce symptoms. These changes can help to promote overall physical and mental health, which can in turn reduce the condition.
  6. Support groups: Joining a support group or seeking support from loved ones can also be helpful for individuals with anxiety. Talking to others who understand what they are going through can provide validation and reduce feelings of isolation. (One word of caution about this… DO NOT surround yourself with a group where all they want to do is complain, and remain where they are. This will not benefit you and can keep you in bondage to anxiety!)
  7. Relaxation techniques: Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, or guided imagery can help to reduce anxiety symptoms and promote relaxation.
  8. Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy involves gradually exposing individuals to the situations that trigger their anxiety, in a safe and controlled environment. This can help to desensitize them to the situation and reduce their fear response.
  9. The right self help courses, such as the ones which we offer – Click here for more

Most professionals will tell you that once you have ‘it’, you are stuck with ‘it’. However this is not so! I know, I have overcome ‘it’!. My own method is far simpler. Becoming aware of

  • What you listen to,
  • Who you surround yourself with,
  • And the kinds of energy which you allow into your life.

My personal recommendation is to listen to Wayne Dyer’s Everyday Wisdom Audio book. It is free on you tube. Listen as many times a day as possible when first beginning your treatment, and then once or twice as you improve. Remember what you feed your mind with, will manifest in someway, it has to! To listen – Click here

Conclusion

Anxiety has become a common mental health condition that has plagued our western world. It most certainly can be challenging to live with. However, you do not have to live with it, and must accept one simple fact…

Living with Anxiety is not normal!

When we normalise something, we accept it and grant it permission to live freely in our community or society. I dont know about you, but I refuse to live a life which is ruled by anxiety! If you’re still reading, I assume you do too.

There are many strategies that can help individuals manage their symptoms and overcome their fears. By seeking help from the right healthcare professionals (such as myself), making lifestyle changes, and becoming aware of what you listen to, think and how you spend your time, individuals with anxiety can not only lead happy and fulfilling lives but overcome it once and for all. It is important to remember that recovery from anxiety is possible! Seeking help is the first step towards a brighter future.

About the Author

What sets John’s coaching apart from others? The fact that unlike many others, he has done the work and is attaining the qualifications. He is a well estemed Psychologist in training, spiritual mentor, and Health fentatic with over 25 years experience.  

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