If you have anxiety you probably know already how uncomfortable it can be. You may have wondered from time to time, where did this issue come from? Why do I have this issue and what can I do about it? The good news is, you can manage or alleviate yourself of this condition through mindfulness and practice. I will be teaching you a very special technique in this Quest that will help you start on the road to rediscovering a life without anxiety.  

Today we are going to explore a few concepts about anxiety so that we can get a better understanding of where it comes from and how you can manage it or even get rid of it and release it when you are willing or able to do so. 

The definition of how anxiety can occuraccording to the American Psychology Association: “Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes like increased blood pressure.  People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness or a rapid heartbeat.” 

Anxiety can come from a number of different places or from different circumstances. Anxiety can stem from a traumatic event, so in essence if you witnessed or were part of an event that included trauma or severe life threatening circumstances it can start there. For instance, say you were diagnosed with Cancer and had to go through radiation and  chemotherapy to help save your life. Even though you know this treatment may help rid your body of the cancer, the event in and of itself can create a reaction of anxiety because you now associate specific emotions with the fear of losing your life. 

Anxiety can come from being exposed to a severe amount of stress, where over time you build up more and more cortisol in your system and your body can no longer handle the “Fight or Flight” response. After a while your response just turns into anxiety every time you are under even a normal amount of stress. This is more about compounding experiences where each time you have a specific emotional response it just adds to the overflowing cup of feelings within you. 

It is also said that Anxiety can be carried genetically, as it may stem from your family genetics. In essence it can be carried down from generation to generation, much like depression. If you have a family member that has anxiety you could be more susceptible towards that condition, but not necessarily. 

According to Medical News Today, “Brain chemistry: Stressful or traumatic experiences and genetic factors can alter brain structure and function to react more vigorously to triggers that would not previously have caused anxiety. Psychologists and neurologists define many anxiety and mood disorders as disruptions to hormones and electrical signals in the brain. So brain chemistry or the body’s physical reaction to specific triggers can play a significant role as well. 

The great news is that even if your anxiety is caused by any of these things I have just described,  I want you to know that there is always help with emotional and physical issues. You can with intentional and daily practice help alleviate or diminish greatly your physical symptoms in the body and the emotions surrounding them by practicing all the things I will be teaching you in this Quest. The power of our mind is so amazing and the connection that it has with our body is even more amazing, the trick is understanding how to tie the two together to create the greatest chance of success. 

Using the STOPP Method I will be teaching in this Quest can help with panic, anxiousness, worry, and overwhelm if practiced consistently. I would encourage you to give it at least one week before making any determinations as to whether it is an effective tool for you or not. Remember that there are no quick fixes for our emotional & physical health. 

I look forward to seeing you all tomorrow as I start to discuss the STOPP technique. 

PLEASE NOTE: this training is not a guarantee of healing or that by practicing these techniques you may not need additional support to correct your specific situation. Always consult a doctor before starting a new treatment or regimen.

 

Sources sited : https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323456#causes

https://www.apa.org/topics/anxiety/

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