How To Reduce Anxiety
By Dave Lloyd
At some level, all of us experience anxiety at different stages of
life. Quite often it's a circumstantial anxiety due to a feeling of being out of
control, dissatisfied with life circumstances, worried that something bad or
worse will happen, or a general feeling of not dealing well with uncertainty. So
anxiety is a normal feeling for many, and even a normal sign of being human.
But for many anxiety has become a dominant force in their life, one that
affects their self-esteem, confidence, relationships, career, and is a constant
inner voice churning that things are not right and that they may get worse. What
may have initially been a circumstantial anxiety that ebbs and flows and shows
up in minor non-debilitating ways becomes something more. For these people, it's
an issue of physiology or biology - one where the anxiety starts in the brain or
chemical makeup in the body. And this is where anxiety can become debilitating.
What scarier feeling in the world could there be for your own body and mind to
become your own enemy, and for the emotions you're feeling to be largely beyond
your control. And frequently the results can become acute, such as an anxiety
attack or a regrettable conversation or out of control behavior at work or at
home. For these people, after months or years of suffering in silence, help is
needed and available.
Frequently this is through the support of a therapist or mental health
counselor who can provide a safe forum in which to process and discuss what is
going on - mostly someone who can normalize and help regulate one's experiences.
A close friend or small group of friends can also lend support. Additionally, a
visit to a psychiatrist can help uncover whether this condition truly is
biochemical in nature. Through brief experimentation with various medications,
it could be determined whether a deficiency exists in a specific brain chemical
that regulates anxiety. Often the use of medication, despite some side effects,
and add normalcy to one's life. Despite having a condition which may be with
them for life, at least they can experience a sense of freedom and relief from
what otherwise may be a predominant way of being. Relief is available for
someone suffering from anxiety.
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