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Alleviating Anxiety

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Anxiety comes with a whole host of physical and psychological manifestations. Irregular heartbeat, racing thoughts, feelings of dread, and sometimes even an inability to face other people. Alleviating anxiety is something that a great many of us wish we could do. Others don’t even realize they have anxiety, even though all the symptoms are present.

Among these symptoms are intense abdominal cramps, shortness of breath, erratic breathing patterns, and so many racing thoughts that it may be difficult to focus and act upon just one. Those who suffer from these symptoms may not even realize that they do, in fact, have anxiety. Still, these symptoms may just trouble them enough for them to see a doctor, where the appropriate diagnosis can be made.

One of the first and most helpful things a person can understand about this often debilitating condition is that he or she is not alone. In fact, there are millions upon millions of other going through similar, if not identical experiences. These individuals are often comforted by knowing that they are part of a very large group, and are by no means “crazy.”

Not all anxiety is created equal. This is an important fact to understand, as there are always healthy levels of fear and worry that keep us alive as human beings. Self-preservation itself could be viewed as a mild sort of anxiety. We don’t want to get hurt, we don’t want to die, and we don’t want these things for other, either. This is normal and natural. It is when the anxiety keeps you from making eye contact, engaging in conversation, or even leaving the house that it becomes truly problematic.

So what actually causes excessive amounts of anxiety? Well, as I mentioned above, there is a really simple and practical explanation, which is self-preservation. People who have chronic anxiety are basically locked into a consistent state of “fight-or-flight,” and this, like depression, is caused by an imbalance in the brain’s uptake receptors. As a result, too much adrenaline is produced and the mind and body go into an overly anxious state, sometimes to the point of panic.

So what can be done about anxiety? Well, there are a number of medications which can help. There are also relaxation techniques you can apply in certain situations. One really simple, but highly effective technique is to lean your body forward and get into a confident, engaged position. Aside from that, I am a very firm believer in the power of a healthy lifestyle. Some good, heart-pounding exercise and lots of fresh, raw produce can work absolute wonders when it comes to dealing with anxiety.

Remember, in the Western world, we are all capable of fulfilling our own destinies. We can choose where to live, who to surround ourselves with, where to work, and what information to take in. We can also choose how to respond to various situations. What does this mean? It means that anxiety can often be alleviated just be creating a better life for yourself. Surrounding yourself with beautiful surroundings, wonderfully supportive and kind individuals, and work that gives you a sense of purpose is a magnificent way to go about living your life.

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