I must admit, anxiety-related procrastination plays a part in my life. There are far too many days when I find it very hard to cope with the complicated, impossibly fast push and pull of life. I can feel as though the world is too big and frightening and all I want to do is focus on the tiny acts of nurturing that help me cope minute to minute: nursing a large cup of tea, taking a nap or hiding in the bathroom to get away from the feeling of eyes and supposed scrutiny all around. These things look and feel like procrastination due to my anxiety.
Current events cause anxiety. News of violence and strife, hate, political problems, and more can and do take a toll on our mental health. In many cases, these events are geographically distant from viewers and thus aren’t an immediate threat to life and wellbeing. Why, then, do current events cause anxiety? Further, what can we do when current events cause anxiety? Keep reading
It’s possible to reduce anxiety and guilt starting immediately. Last week’s post, Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety, explored guilt as an effect of anxiety and the vicious cycle created when anxiety increases guilt which, in turn, causes greater anxiety and then more guilt. Just because we feel guilty, however, doesn’t mean we have to accept it. The following suggestions can help you reduce anxiety and guilt now. Keep reading
Guilt is a distressing effect of anxiety. Guilt is the uncomfortable experience of self-flagellation for thinking, feeling, doing, and generally just existing,wrong (These Awful Effects of Anxiety Must Stop). Anxiety is the loud, critical voice in our head that provides a running commentary on the things we do wrong (wrong from anxiety’s perspective, that is). As if it weren’t bad enough to worry, fret, and fear that we’ve done something wrong, anxiety takes our discomfort to a new level. A very distressing effect of anxiety is guilt. Keep reading
Beating anxiety is an active process that is not unlike participating in a triathlon. To find solution focused help to beat anxiety and live the life you desire takes commitment and dedication to the greater goal of living an anxiety-free life (Stop Avoiding Anxiety! Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)). For athletes who participate in triathlons, these events really aren’t merely single events. “Triathlon” describes a lifestyle. Similarly, beating anxiety isn’t just an event but instead is a lifestyle. Just as completing a triathlon requires action, so does beating anxiety. The following approach will help you beat anxiety the triathlon way. Keep reading
Divide and conquer to overcome anxiety. Overcoming anxiety is a common, if not universal, goal among those of us who experience anxiety in any of its forms (Types of Anxiety Disorders: List of Anxiety Disorders). Unfortunately, doing so can be a daunting challenge that eventually begins to seem impossible. Fortunately, overcoming anxiety is not impossible, and it doesn’t even have to be daunting. One way to move past anxiety is to divide and conquer; in other words, break anxiety down into manageable bits and reduce it piece by piece with intentional action. Keep reading
There is a strong correlation between anxiety and awe, or, rather, there’s a strong correlation between a sense of awe and a reduced experience of anxiety. This makes perfect sense, as both anxiety and awe involve a specific focus and way of thinking–and each one is the opposite of the other. The relationship between anxiety and awe is fairly simple. The more we seek and create the experience of awe, the lower our anxiety becomes. Keep reading
If asked what purpose anxiety has in their lives, people’s answers might range from “absolutely nothing” to “torturing me and ruining my life.” Admittedly, it often feels like anxiety exists for no other reason than to torment us. Further, if we try to find a point to our anxiety, we frequently come up with nothing (Five Solution-Focused Ways to Beat Anxiety). Believe it or not, though, anxiety frequently does have a purpose. Discovering it can help you beat anxiety. Keep reading
What is an anxiety tolerance level? Anxiety can seem like an insurmountable challenge, a life-halting obstacle. It’s typical for people living with any anxiety disorder to feel as though they can’t tolerate anxiety at all. The idea of having an anxiety tolerance level beyond zero might seem strange, pointless, or both. However, developing a system for rating your tolerance level for your anxiety can be a very helpful tool for managing and overcoming anxiety.