Understanding Anxiety To Manage Stress And Anxiety

By Johnson Star

By definition anxiety is a condition where the person feels uneasy or apprehensive due to anticipation of a realistic or perceived threat. The feeling of anxiety mostly stems from association with previous painful or traumatic experiences. Take for example speaking in public, a lot of people will certainly feel stressed when speaking in public but this feeling will be reciprocated when you already have a not so memorable experience previously. Not to mention that if this is not the only time this happened, the chances of you getting an anxiety attack will be much more.

The good news is, you can reverse how the brain makes you apprehensive by simply consciously thinking about it. The main cause of anxiety is in the way we think. By learning to be conscious with our thoughts, we get to understand what we fear. From here there are two things that can happen. Either we have more options with regards to finding solutions, or we simply understand that we fear something that shouldn't be feared. When we face a stressful situation, a pattern of thought runs through our mind. This patter needs to be monitored. Often, we think too much of the negative. We think of "what if" situations and let our minds stay in that area instead of thinking "I can", "I should", or even "if this happens, then I will..."

Take note if you are the type of person who fits this type of thinking as this will mostly cause you to panic. Monitoring is your first step to changing the way that you think. By being conscious about your stream of thoughts during stressful times you will be able to make the necessary steps to eliminate the negativity that is manifesting in your personality.

There are a few drawbacks when doing this. One is that the process can get very complicated. Second is that it can take a lot of time before you can achieve a positive mind-set. Ask yourself some questions during times of great stress so you can think about the solution instead of worrying about what may happen. If thinking of worst-case scenarios is unavoidable, try formulating solutions and backup plans for each worst-case scenario. This keeps you from dwelling in the "what ifs" and gives you relief should your imagination come true, even if it probably won't. In public speaking, for example, if you are worried about humiliating yourself, think of possible funny lines that can help you regain your composure.

Stress and anxiety often go hand in hand. When left unchecked, their tandem will do a lot of damage to you. Learning to keep your thoughts under control will benefit you greatly regardless of situation that you may find yourself in. - 31520

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