Two powerful tools to beat anxiety
For those that suffer from anxiety, just coping with the feelings can count as a good day. But what if you were able to get beyond “coping” and actually back to living your life?
Kathryn Tristan, a researcher at the Washington University School of Medicine, certainly believes that is possible. She says the problem is that we live in an age of global anxiety that skews our priorities for living:
Worry is the little voice that alerts you to a health problem just in time before matters get worse. But worrying constantly about your health does more harm than good. Worry also may help provide a competitive edge in business, school, or sports as you strive to improve and do better. But constantly worrying if you will succeed does not help.
The problem is one of balance and most of us are way out of balance. Unfortunately, continually worrying without resolving problems can also lead to anxiety. Now your worries escalate in intensity and you may also experience the gripping fear of anxiety or panic attacks that seem to come out of the blue. This creates a whole new set of worries.
Tristan says we need activate two powerful tools to get beyond anxiety: Awareness and Choice.
Awareness helps us to analyse the background (and sometimes foreground) chatter of voices and thoughts that tell us things are going wrong. Once we’re aware of these voices and thoughts, we can begin to rationally analyse them and choose to disagree with the predicted outcomes, or make further choices to avert the outcome if it is indeed a genuine worry.
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