Welcome back to our discussion on you, your mind, your body, and anxiety. We have already looked at the physical ailments, as well as some accompanying emotions, and what they really mean. Now we are going to look at some of the real causes behind these anxious situations.
As mentioned briefly before, sometimes a past event can effect our present situation and anxiety. Perhaps you experienced a dangerous war zone, or harassment, or a trauma in your young adulthood or childhood. Even a split-second event can cause lasting anxiety and panic triggers—for instance walking through an intersection and barely escaping a collision, or witnessing a mugging can cause these situations. Experiencing something first hand or close up or just in general too close for comfort can cause lasting effects that reach far into the present, especially if not dealt with in the past.
The most important step right now, however, in your anxious experience or anxiety attack, is to realize that you are not in that situation right now. If you ever are in that situation again, even then, you have new choices to make, and can still calm your nervous system enough to asses what options you have.
But most likely you are not repeating the past situation. In most instances, you will have a reminder that causes your healthily sensitive body to kick into it’s fight or flight instinct, and attempt to keep your safe. Realizing what triggered these memories, and taking them for what they are—just a memory—and reminding yourself you are not there, and are not in danger, can help greatly.
At times, it helps to think back and perhaps journal what this trigger was. You can then be ready for the next time you come into contact with that scent, that noise, or that sight. Realize these particular factors may be in your life, or your situation, but they will not create the same situation or effect as before. If you need to, talk it out with a friend close at hand, or distract yourself with a happier memory or activity. This will help you replace the memories associated with this trigger, and slowly help you push aside the bad or angry memories.
Interactive Strategy #5
Writing a Letter to the scary monster:
Writing can be one of the most therapeutic tools we have. Consider writing about the challenging events in your life. This should include the bad, dark, ugly and stressful parts of it. In addition, include the good, bright, lovely and useful parts of your experiences. Yes, that’s right. Even the most tragic circumstances come with an upside. The upside is what you have learned, how you have grown and how you can choose to transform the sadness, grief, depression and angst into something positive for your future benefit.
For the time being, see the situation for what it is: you are not truly in danger, you are in control, and you can heal and control these past memories. You can know you are safe, and you can help bring peace back to your body and mind, no matter what memories you hold. Join us next discussion for some other causes of anxiety attacks.
Remember…happiness is an inside job!
Nothing gives happiness life a free gift. Receive your complimentary eBook, Got Happiness Now? Click here for your free copy.
Independent filmmaker, author, happiness coach and speaker Lisa Cypers Kamen creates these blogs to entertain, enlighten and educate our service men and women along with their families as well as support our troops. To contact Lisa, email her directly at email@example.com and check out her websites at www.harvestinghappiness.com , www.hh4heroes.org & www.harvestinghappinesstalkradio.com.
Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio with Lisa Cypers Kamen brings a fresh approach to the airwaves promoting happiness, well-being and global human flourishing by presenting a diverse and proactive collection of the greatest thinkers and doers who have devoted their lives to creating a better world in which to live.
She is an expert in creating happiness, finding pathways to happiness, and building a happiness formula in her Harvesting Happiness workshops. Cultivate a happier life by tuning in weekly click here .Wednesdays at 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm EST. or download her free podcasts by clicking here.
Harvesting Happiness for Heroes is a pending 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation. Our mission objective is to offer support services to Warriors and Warrior families challenged by Combat Trauma, PTSD and post-deployment reintegration issues. HH4Heroes offers Battle Buddy workshops, family awareness training, online community support, one-on-one coaching services, as well as retreats for Warriors to decompress from battle and understand the tools available for them to adapt their military skills to civilian society.
Harvesting Happiness & Harvesting Happiness for Heroes provides positive psychology coaching tools to facilitate greater well-being. This communication is provided for education and inspiration. This communication does not constitute mental health treatment nor is it indicative of a private therapeutic relationship. Individuals desiring help for trauma, addiction and abuse related issues or other psychological concerns should seek out a mental health professional.
Tags: Battle Buddy Workshops, battle fatigue, become a happy person, become happy, being happy, book how to be happy, book on how to be happy, Combat Stress, Combat Trauma, creating a happy life, creating happiness, finding happiness, happiness, happiness books, happiness expert, happiness formula, happiness how to, Happiness is an Inside Job, happiness radio show, happiness talk radio, happiness workshops, Harvesting Happiness, Harvesting Happiness 4 Heroes, Harvesting Happiness for Heroes, having a happy life, how to become a happy person, how to become happy in life, how to create a happy life for me, how to happiness, how to live with PTSD, how to recover from PTSD, learning about happiness, Lisa Cypers Kamen, Lisa Kamen, Living with PTSD, making PTSD better, military support program, positive psychology, positive psychology coaching tools, Post deployment reintegration issues, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, PTSD Techniques, shows about happiness, talk radio about happiness, TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury, ways to be happy, What is Your Happiness, Wounded Warrior