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What to Do When Current Events Cause Anxiety

What to Do When Current Events Cause Anxiety

Current events cause anxiety. Here, learn about two key things that explain how current events cause anxiety and what to do about anxiety from current events.

Current events cause anxiety. News and media tell of violence and strife, hate, political problems, and more, and it takes 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 we experience news media anxiety? Further, what can we do when current events cause anxiety? 

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Five Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Guilt Now

Five Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Guilt Now

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. 

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Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety

Guilt: A Distressing Effect of Anxiety

Guilt is an effect of anxiety, and is also a cause. Guilt and anxiety create a vicious cycle. Do you experience any of the anxiety effects listed here?

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.

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Beating Anxiety the Triathlon Way

Beating Anxiety the Triathlon Way

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. 

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To Overcome Anxiety, Divide and Conquer

To Overcome Anxiety, Divide and Conquer

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. 

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The Relationship Between Anxiety and Awe

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Awe

There is a strong relationship between anxiety and awe. What does awe have to do with anxiety? Here's how anxiety and awe relate and how to reduce anxiety.

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. 

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Anxiety Has a Purpose; Know It and Beat Anxiety

Anxiety Has a Purpose; Know It and Beat Anxiety

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. 

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What’s Your Anxiety Tolerance Level?

What’s Your Anxiety Tolerance Level?

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.

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Nature Reduces Anxiety, So Get Outside for Peace of Mind

Nature Reduces Anxiety, So Get Outside for Peace of Mind

To reduce anxiety, getting out into nature can't be beat. Take charge of your anxiety and wellbeing. Learn how getting into nature benefits your brain. Read on!

Did you know you can reduce anxiety be getting out into nature? If you experience anxiety, chances are, you want anxiety to get out of your life. You can actively take charge in a very pleasant way–by using nature. Read on to learn how nature reduces anxiety and simple ways to use it. 

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Anxiety and Social Media Addiction

Anxiety and Social Media Addiction

I think that it is all too easy to laugh off anxiety and social media addiction as being part and parcel of an entitled generation who are hooked on the instant gratification of likes and comments (The Science of Social Media Addiction). However, often the overuse or misuse of social media can reflect an ocean of unhappiness below the surface, breaking through in tiny drips. Anxiety and social media addiction are often related.

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