What is Anxiety?
Put simply, stress and anxiety is a worry of a future event.
This fear can occur since of previous experiences that have been negative, a new experience that you can’t manage or an experience that is generally fine however somehow you all of a sudden become scared of it failing.
Stress And Anxiety is both a psychological and physical condition. The mental aspect in stress and anxiety is the psychological worry of something and this happens because of unfavorable thoughts. The physical aspect is the signs of stress and anxiety which rage from slight heart rate boost and butterflies all the method through to worry attacks and fainting (vasovagal syncope).
Why do we get it?
Our brains have progressed to respond fast in scenarios that might be dangerous to us. We have a part of our brain called the amygdala which can trigger our body’s threat action in a flash. This risk action is now well known and is typically called the battle or flight response.
What the amygdala does is also stimulate a part of our brain called the hippocampus which helps our brain to find out and to form memories.
At some time our cortex will get included and begin to assess the situation to see if there is any risk. If there is no threat then the prefrontal cortex will send out a message to the amygdala to chill. In theory this should stop our body’s reaction however it can in some cases take a little time.
Please keep in mind: this is a very simplified version of the neuroscience.
This is why stress and anxiety is not silly
From an evolutionary point of, overreacting to possible danger is most likely to keep us alive than not reacting to possible risk.
Let’s face it, if we were mooching around a jungle looking for food then it would be useful to be a bit distressed. There might really be something out there that might eliminate you.
BUT we do not live in a jungle …
I hear what you are stating, there is no place for anxiety in our significantly more secure developed world where we forage at supermarkets for food!
Possibly, but the neurological structures are there and it will take us a long time to evolve even more.
So, Anxiety today:
When we are handling stress and anxiety that would be considered a more modern day anxiety, for example a fear of something that we understand is not harmful, we are looking at what is causing the amygdala to fire off our body’s action.
This is where we begin discussing a viewed worry.
When we think negatively about the event or thing we are nervous about, we are producing a fear that our brains interpret as a prospective risk to life. Our brains are well geared up to deal with a potential danger to life really, very quickly.
Decide stress and anxiety is OKAY
By understanding what anxiety is we can start moving our frame of mind about how crippling it is. If you can end up being mindful of your own anxiety and what you say to yourself that causes it then you can have a lot more control.
I still have stress and anxiety about situations. I gave a talk in June at the Super Self Summit and definitely had a percentage of anxiety about my efficiency.
When you ask yourself, what am I trying to secure myself from? then you can start to comprehend how to control it.
Impact of stress and anxiety on our actions
Up until now I have explained how thoughts trigger an incredibly old self conservation process in our brains so what usually occurs next? The majority of people with anxiety try and avoid the stress and anxiety as much as they can. There are other actions however avoidance is the primary one, others include substance abuse and taking part in convenience activities such as over consuming.
By remaining in this cycle of believing something bad is going to occur, feeling distressed and then preventing the scenario we end up in an unfavorable spiral that essentially sensitises us to the signs of stress and anxiety. Thus in time, individuals usually make their own anxiety even worse.
Time to be brave
Stress And Anxiety is not your enemy, it’s attempting to assist you in a weird backwards and not massively practical method! Find a way to challenge it and resist. I found out to treat mine like an over protective buddy:
Me: I’m going to do a discussion!
Negative ideas: What if you appear like a huge tw t???
Stress And Anxiety: I WILL CONSERVE YOU FROM APPEARING LIKE A TW T!!!
Me: Thanks Anxiety however I think its worth the risk and I also prepare to practice my discussion till I am positive I can deliver it well. If it does go wrong then I shall simply learn from the experience and deal with it at the time.
Unfavorable ideas: Oh, that’s a good plan.
Stress and anxiety: Fair enough, I’ll be here if you need me.
This is a bit of enjoyable however likewise how my brain works. My other little idea is to sing “I aint scared of no ghost” as per Ghost Busters …