Source | LinkedIn : By Deepak Chopra
Many people, especially men, don’t like to admit that they feel anxious. But in reality, everyone’s life has nail-biting moments. At work the demand to meet deadlines and quotas is stress-provoking, and under stress the brain triggers the release of stress hormones that induce two reactions: to fight back or to run away. Therefore, we are chemically designed with courage and fear intertwined. Anxiety is a biological option in everyone, from warriors to wallflowers.
The first step to getting control of your anxiety is to admit that there is nothing abnormal about feeling anxious–the issue is when and how much. There are three states of anxiety to consider.
1. Intermittent and temporary: This is the normal state biologically, where something makes us anxious for a few minutes or hours, and then passes away. Our bodies are designed to handle these anxious spells automatically. The system gets taxed, however, when a deeply anxious event occurs, such as losing your job or fighting on the battlefield.
2. Anxiety overload: When an event is too stressful, the brain is overwhelmed. Returning to normal balance becomes more problematic. Thus people who have been out of work for a long time can tip into depression and soldiers in combat develop PTSD.
3. Chronic low-level anxiety: Also known as free-floating anxiety, this is a persistent experience of fear or trepidation, sometimes building into panic attacks, where no triggering event can be spotted. The severity varies with the person. Some people have anxious personalities, having turned chronic worry into a settled habit. Others feel anxious during a difficult time of life, such as being pregnant or attending college.
Looking at these three options, temporary anxiety can be distressing but takes care of itself. Anxiety overload requires professional medical and psychological treatment. Chronic anxiety sits on the fence. Sometimes self-care helps a great deal, while at other times millions of sufferers pop a tranquilizer prescribed by the doctor. The drawback of this quick fix is that it only lessens symptoms without addressing what is causing the anxiety.
Self-care is the best option for anyone who feels mild to moderate anxiety, whether a specific event caused it or not. Here are the major steps in self-care that anyone can take.