Is it better safe than anxious? Anxiety is a free-floating fear without any subject. Anxiety seems an unbeatable obstacle in everyday life sometimes, but luckily there are techniques which can help you better understand and overcome your issues.
What causes anxiety?
We immediately link thoughts in our head to certain events that happen to us. Then we link feelings to these thoughts and then we react to the feelings with some kind of a volitional impulse. This process happens so fast that sometimes our thoughts and feelings remain unconscious.
Usually, we are not aware of false, irrational thoughts that may cause anxiety. Everything happens quickly and we only feel that something is not okay, so have to do something to relieve the negative feelings immediately: for example we eat a little chocolate, drink a beer, smoke a cigarette, or we yell at our children.
In case of anxiety and panic disorder we need to catch the unconscious, unrealistic thoughts and change them to conscious, realistic ones. If successful, angst and panic will stop.
The following test will show you how prone you are to anxiety. Count how much of the following statements is typical of you? (Note: This test does not itself indicate a diagnosis. To determine any potential diagnosis, discuss your results with your therapist or a mental health professional.)
Evaluation: The more statement is typical of you the more powerful tendency you have to anxiety. However, all these characteristics have a positive side too. For example, you can use your imagination to create symptoms but also to quench anxiety with a mental image.
Anxiety quiz: Why are you anxious?
The following quiz will help you reveal the background and underlying causes of your anxiety. Simply answer the following questions with yes or no. (Note: This test does not itself indicate a diagnosis but feel free to discuss your results with your therapist or a mental health professional.)
Evaluation: The more yes answers you have the more prone you are to anxiety.
How to get rid of anxiety: 14 methods to reduce anxiety symptoms
Anxiety is a present symptom of a haunting, unconscious memory from the past. There are two steps in overcoming anxiety: first the symptoms need to be reduced so that you can live life to the full again. When strengthened, the causes of anxiety need to be revealed and processed. Anti-anxiety techniques are effective only if you don’t stop at reducing the symptoms but you also solve the underlying causes. The following techniques can help you release anxiety and worry:
These techniques must be implemented regularly, but with practice, they will become your new habits. Get rid of anxiety by building these methods into your everyday life. However there are some obstacles you should know about so that you can prepare for facing them in advance.
Make an experiment! Test your current level of anxiety, then do the above anti-anxiety exercises for 4 weeks. After that return here and test how you feel again!
Frank Gillespie has a Master's Degree in Counseling from LaSalle University in Philadelphia. He is a nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). He has provided therapy for over 23 years. During his career, he has helped more than 10,000 people move past their obstacles towards reaching their potential and fulfillment in their lives. He practices Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with a warm and nurturing approach. In addition to being a therapist, Frank has been an adjunct college professor teaching social work, a clinical consultant, a clinical director, and a seminar speaker. Frank has recently retired from his full time practice to focus on a part time online practice. He is married. He enjoys listening to music, watching sports, power walking, swimming, reading and writing.