Feeling tension is often a normal response to uncertainty in our lives but if it turns to overwhelm it can translate as stress and anxiety. Constant change can bring too many disruptions to our lives and make us feel unstable. This may in turn stop us from doing things that allow us to live to our full potential. This is when we need to do something to manage the anxiety so that it doesn’t control us.
Reasons we get anxiety
Some of the most common causes of anxiety are lack of boundaries, taking on too many things at once, neglect of yourself over others needs and compromising your principles to try to fit in. Often behaviour patterns run in families so whilst anxiety may not be heredity the pattern within a family may be. Issues such as low self-esteem, risk avoidance, and thinking patterns like perfectionism and control issues which can cause anxiety are often passed as patterns from parents, unknowingly, to their children and in turn down the inheritance line. Sometimes our previous life experiences can also trigger an anxiety attack when we are put in similar situations. If anxiety is unchecked it can develop into panic attacks and depression.
Managing the anxiety
The first step to starting to manage and control the anxiety is to recognise that it is causing issues for you. If your anxiety is severe you may not be able to manage it yourself and will need to seek help from a professional.
In some cases, where your anxiety is being caused by things such as a job interview or examination it may be ‘good’ anxiety as it can push to work better or project yourself better to the interviewer. This kind of anxiety is only temporary. Anxiety can be managed more easily by meditation and mindfulness, yoga, tai chi and meridian tapping such as EFT. Seek out a trained and certified teacher to help you with these.
Add to this some relaxing herbs to help keep you calm which you can get from a qualified practitioner (not the health food store as they don’t know your particular case). Acupuncture also can have a positive effect as it can help balance the flow of energy through your body, heal your organs and create a positive ‘chi’ affect.
Counselling can help you get some of the causes into perspective and hypnotherapy can help you eliminate the cause, help overcome fears and phobias.
So instead of letting your anxiety take control of your life and stop you from living your life to your full potential, take control of your anxiety by seeing a qualified practitioner to help you get things back on track.
Contact this clinic for help with most of the above and we will teach you some techniques to cope with your stress and anxiety. www.stressfreemanagement.com.au