Learning more about spirituality makes me realize how ridiculous any type of anxiety is.
However, it also makes me more frustrated when I experience it becasue now I know how foolish it is yet still experience it.
What are your methods to reduce anxiety?
I currently use meditation and exercise but at times it still pops it's ugly head up!
asked 14 Dec '10, 22:59
As usual, I would like to talk a little about the mechanics of anxiety.
Anxiety is caused by the release of chemicals in your body. These chemicals are stimulated to be released when a threat is perceived- this is called the "flight or fight response". In most cases, we:
1. Perceive a threat. (In other words, we think about something that causes us to be afraid, and then
2. The chemicals are released.
3. We notice that our heart may be racing, our mind may be fearful, and we have heightened sensory awareness.
4. These responses come from eons of evolutionary development, when a threat in the environment was seen, and action needed to be taken.
As an example, suddenly, a lion approaches. We see the threat. The chemicals get dumped, and we are now bodily ready to run or fight. Our muscles are stronger, our sight is better, and we are thus prepared for action.
4. But today, there are (hopefully) no real physical threats. Instead, the threats come from what we are thinking. "Oh, dear, tax season is just around the corner, and I m going to owe a fortune!
5. Just as with the lion, our bodies get ready to flee or fight. But we don't and cannot flee from these thoughts. But now we are stuck with all that adrenalin racing through our veins, and nowhere to expend it except to sit and feel horrible.
So what do you do?
A. Realize that it takes about 20 minutes for your liver to metabolize that and other flight-or-fight chemicals. You can jog in place, or do other physical activity, which helps burn off this messy chemical soup.
B. You can train yourself not to think in this way, but it does take practice. The advice mentioned here by others is a place to start.
C. Recognize, too, that if you suffer from panic attacks, these are not the same thing as anxiety. Panic attacks are a malfunction of the body, and medicines prescribed by a doctor may get the attacks under control. Psychotherapy is also recommended to figure out how the panic began, and to begin desensitizing yourself to the attacks.
D.In general, anxiety is a sign that you are triggering your body, and that the triggers can be found and controlled.
E. Do not forget to pray! God cares.Prayer is a very effective way to "turn over" the control of the "out-of-contollness" feeling. Develop your spirituality. That works. Try Tai Chi or Yoga. Meditation is the number one best way to deal with anxiety. Read about it here on Inward Quest.
This is what worked for me!
Good luck, and Happy Holidays 2010 from Jai!
answered 16 Dec '10, 10:08
I changed my beliefs.
If you could identify and eliminate the limiting belief that is causing the anxiety because as Bashar says. "Anxiety" is actually the energy of excitement, but filtered through a belief in something undesireable or unpreferred.
answered 31 Aug '12, 21:48
You can't exactly get rid of anxiety or negative thoughts completely for that matter, and we should actually be appreciative of all these because it is all these negativity that causes us to expand and search for our higher selves!
As long as you are able to take notice whenever a negative thought or anxiety pops up in your head, and you do something to take your mind off it, that would be perfectly fine!
answered 16 Dec '10, 08:44
reflections on the causes of such and then a realignment of priorities
answered 16 Dec '10, 11:40
I experience similar problem.
The ironical thing is.....
Ever since I start to visualize positively, I start to be able to catch myself visualizing negative (and untrue) images.
When I catch myself visualizing these, I get anxious about these negative thoughts.
Feeling of anxiety spreads like wildfire... I will take deep breath, close my eyes and visualize positive images in pink bubble etc. Which helps.. but sometimes I feel anxious when these positive visualization doesn't come instantly.
answered 30 Aug '12, 01:26
One of the first things to do when you get anxious is to center yourself on your breathing, count to four as you slowly inhale, then count to four as you slowly exhale, repeat this exercise a few times. It's important to accept that you're anxious after all it's only an emotion, accept that it's the reality of what you're feeling at the moment, fighting it only reinforces the phenomenon.
Feelings of anxiety often stimulate the imagination so that your brain comes up with all kinds of horrible ideas. In this case remind yourself that it's just your brain playing tricks and you can counter it by taking control of your thoughts by visualizing a calm scene; laying on lush grass in the sun, on a beach by the sea ...
Focus on the now and observe your thoughts without judgement, be compassionate with yourself, this gives you greater capacity to handle the situation. In short get on with doing positive things and don't sit around brooding on anxious thoughts
answered 08 Jan '14, 03:35
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