Sometimes anxiety and anxious attacks are not brought on by past events, but by a general stressful schedule, circumstance (either about to occur or quite recent), or worrying in general.
Think back to times you have felt overwhelmed by school, work, or perhaps family and friend obligations. Perhaps you think or worry about being enough to everyone else, finishing on time and properly, or just plain dealing with the demands and attitudes of everyone around you. Does this cause some stress and general anxiety?
Now think about a time that this stress built up for awhile, or this worry plagued your mind. Did you find yourself snapping randomly at the dog laying in the wrong spot, or bursting into tears when the laundry detergent ran out? Things that normally would not bother you quite so much cause some unprecedented reactions—or perhaps, seemingly out of the blue, you experienced the anxiety attacks we have been discussing. The physical symptoms described earlier, as well the emotions that accompany them, take you over, and you can’t quite pinpoint why.
Well, as you are probably beginning to see, the origin may be found in the stress and worry that has been following you around like a Facebook stalker for quite some time. The bad news is that you still have to analyze and alleviate whatever is causing these stressful and worrisome attitudes and emotions. The good news is that you are not dying, going crazy, losing all control, or unreasonably freaking out. Your body is responding to naturally to pent up stress, which sometimes fools that danger reptilian fight or flight instinct to pop up. You are natural, healthy, and whole…but just a tad too anxious and stressed out.
Intervention Strategy #6
The Power of the word, “No”:
Most of our lives are built around complicated schedules, family dynamics and other daily obligations of life such as work. There are times when we are being called upon to do too much. This can happen in many ways such the load we impose on our selves to accomplish every item on our “to-do” list to the demands family, co-workers and friends place on our time and energy. Sometimes we become over-committed and we cannot cope. This is when the very powerful two-letter word, “No”, can become our friend.
No is not such a terrible thing. When we decline to take on more than we can handle, we actual are exercising self-respect and honoring self-care. At first it may be difficult to deny those who need us and we care about. However, if we care for our own well-being first then we can properly attend to others.
We have one more cause to discuss, and then we will move onto some helpful tips on how to beat the blues, stress, and worry that can lead to anxious feelings. If you’re not sure what we have been talking about entirely, please find blog installments 1-5, and join us from there.
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