Understanding Anxiety

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Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health disorder, and come in different varieties. While they have different causes and symptoms, one thing people with anxiety disorders share are feelings of deep fear, concern, stress or being overwhelmed that affect their mood, thinking and behavior. If you have an anxiety disorder, your thoughts and feelings may get in the way of taking the actions needed to be healthy and productive. Anxiety disorders can get worse over time if they are not treated. In this section we will talk about generalized anxiety and panic attacks/panic disorder.

Many things cause anxiety including too much caffeine or other stimulants such as preworkout supplements or decongestants, poor quality sleep preventing your brain chemicals from rebalancing, poor nutrition and, of course, stress.

People who have, for least six months, felt ongoing and excessive anxiety and tension may have generalized anxiety disorder. They usually expect the worst and worry about things, even when there is no sign of problems. They often experience the following symptoms:

Always feeling “stressed out”  |  Headaches  |  Insomnia  |Dizziness  |Fatigue | Irritability  |  Shaking/trembling  | High blood pressure  | Shortness of breath | Hot flashes  | Muscle tension

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Shyness is a common problem that comes with a high price. If you suffer from shyness or social anxiety you might avoid social situations and may have trouble connecting with others due to an extreme fear of humiliation, rejection, and judgment. You will confront performance fears, test anxiety, shy bladder, and interpersonal fears—fundamental symptoms of social anxiety. Learn psychological flexibility to improve your ability to accept the feelings, thoughts, and behavior that may arise as you learn to work past your anxiety.

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  • Get the basics. Learn what you need to know to quickly get anxiety under control in the first section of each chapter.
  • Gain a deeper understanding. Take it further and read the second section of each chapter for skills that will help you make lasting changes. Then, go online to practice your skills.
  • This quick and easy-to-read to anxiety treatment offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness and acceptance strategies to help you get back to living your life-without anxiety taking over.

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10 Ways to Prevent (or Minimize) Anxiety

10 Ways to Prevent (or Minimize) Anxiety

Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep is essential to helping your body rebalance the brain chemicals and hormones needed to feel happy and relaxed. Know your triggers and address the threat. Figure out why your body thinks it’s a threat and address that. Manage your time. Poor time management can lead a long hours at work and poor sleep, or just an increase in stress and anxiety because you get too much to do.
Examine the evidence…

10 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

10 Ways to Deal with Social Anxiety

Minimize stimulants. Stimulants including caffeine, nicotine, decongestants, certain herbs and sugar can all give you a jittery feeling which you can mistake for anxiety.
Know your temperament. Extroverts love being around people and draw energy from them. Introverts get …Know your triggers. Social anxiety may be worse if you are dealing with an authority figure or someone you are trying to impress. You may also feel more anxious in certain situations. Create an anxiety list. Create an exposure hierarchy.

50 Ways to De-Stress Your Life

1. Keep your house clutter free 2. Allow "wiggle-room" in your schedule 3. Get a pet 4. Maintain clear communication with house-members 5. Get up 15 minutes earlier for extra time 6. Lay out your clothes and book bag/brief case the night before 7. Set 2 alarms (one on...

Where Do Emotions Come From? Understanding The Mind Body Connection

Where Do Emotions Come From? Understanding The Mind Body Connection

Your brain is the main control center of the body. You experience the world through your senses. When the sensory input reaches the brain it figures out what the information means, based on prior learning experiences, and what to do about it. For example, when you are driving and you see a yellow light, based on your prior experiences, your body sends the signals out to either slow down or speed up.

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The body takes in stimuli that is seen, felt, tasted, or heard (including what is told to us)

  • The brain weaves together this information into memories/experiences and creates a library of “schema” or expectations for similar circumstances. You probably have schemas about doctor’s offices, your mother’s visit, dogs, traffic lights etc…
  • When the brain receives stimuli, it processes the information, “decides” what to do and sends the message back out to the body.
  • Anger and fear are the brain’s responses to threats.
  • The brain needs to have accurate and complete information from the body to effectively direct the body’s reactions….therein is where problems are created.
  • Sometimes our schemas are incomplete or inaccurate because the current experience is different than similar past experiences or you are different now than you were when you had that last experience.

 

Anger Facts

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  • The average person experiences 15 anger situations per day
  • Anger reveals information about your values and what you think is important.
  • Exercise, venting and time-out are often good strategies to get rid of the adrenaline rush, but are not effective for coping with anger.
  • Coping with anger requires you to recognize what caused the anger and modify that stressor or how you feel or thing about it.
  • Good communication, fair fighting and self-awareness/mindfulness are all important components for anger management.
  • People express anger in different ways. Some people hold it inside and develop physical problems, some people explode and some people are passive-aggressive.

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10 Ways to Deal with Anger

10 Ways to Deal with Anger

1. Thank it. Anger is your body’s way of saying that there MAY be a threat of some sort. Anger often protects you from fear (Fight or flee). 2. Make a choice about the best way to use your energy to get closer to your goals….

50 Ways to De-Stress Your Life

1. Keep your house clutter free 2. Allow "wiggle-room" in your schedule 3. Get a pet 4. Maintain clear communication with house-members 5. Get up 15 minutes earlier for extra time 6. Lay out your clothes and book bag/brief case the night before 7. Set 2 alarms (one on...

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Important Points About Anger Anger is a defense mechanism. It defends people against the six basic fears: fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of loss of self-control/respect, fear of isolation, fear of death, fear of the unknown.  Anger protects people...