Fighting anxiety Part1

Many of you remember my article on things we can do daily to improve our days and keep our sanity; today we will start the much needed conversation about fighting and beating anxiety.  This is a quickly-rising issue in our communities and we are seeing more and more people being crippled by the extreme stress.  I know that a healthy dose of that “stress” keeps things moving, but what would you do to get rid of anxiety in your life?Anxiety post 1Anxiety has been described as “long acting, future focused, broadly focused towards a diffuse threat, and promoting excessive caution while approaching a potential threat and interferes with constructive coping (From Wikipedia)”.  It is different from fear, which is a reaction to an immediate situation. 
It is important that we learn about what anxiety is about in order to start the process of dealing with it.  Too many times we find ourselves faced with this ugly feeling and look for ways to band-aid it without going to the root of it.
Some of us have more difficulties than others and I found out that there are several levels to anxiety: it ranges from the ever-recurring “funk” to a painful and paralyzing disorder.
Nowadays, there are so many contributors to the causes of anxiety, that it can become overwhelming to try to harness and tame them.  Starting to understand what this is about can be a way to deal with it head on. 
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Figure 1 source of information: Anxiety and Depression Association of America – National Institute of Mental Health (Graphics MeUnfinished.com)

 
Check out those statistics ravaging through America today: 18% of the adult population in the US is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder (Anxiety and Depression Society of America).  Although it is easily treated, most of the people affected do not get treated.  I guess we are trying so hard to keep moving, we forget to stop and get the help we need.  We tend to wait until this becomes unbearable to finally address it…
 
Figure 2 Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999)  (Graphics: MeUnfinished.com)

Figure 2 Source: Anxiety and Depression Association of America (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(7), July 1999) – (Graphics: MeUnfinished.com)

To start with, when you find yourself in a funk, you can use some simple methods that can help pull yourself out.  My hope is to start the conversation about this issue and share with you what I find to help shatter this monster for good.  Enough sleepless nights!  You and I are on our way to taking better care of ourselves.
So saddle up, and stay tuned as we discover more information about the issue and find ways to combat anxiety.
In the meantime, let’s keep the Faith!
M
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2 Responses to “Fighting anxiety Part1”

  1. I LOVE your blog! Thank you for keeping it real!

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