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Saturday, May 2, 2015

6 Tips on Making Anxiety Productive




Abraham Lincoln had it. Vincent van Gogh had it. Barbra Streisand has it. Whoopi Goldberg has it. Paula Deen and many more famous people have it. Anxiety is actually the most common emotional problem in the U.S. today. Anxiety affects more than 40 million adults, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and sometimes progresses into panic disorder. Benzodiazepines, the medication for anxiety, are the most prescribed drugs for anxiety. Benzodiazepines are also the most misused and addicting drugs in America.

Types of anxiety

Social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder are the two most common types of anxiety disorders. Social anxiety disorder is the persistent fear of one or more situations where they’d be exposed to people they don’t know or possibly be judged by others. Generalized anxiety disorder is having excessive doubt, thoughts, or worry about everyday situations happening where there is no indication of something is about to go wrong. Studies have shown that 99% of all anticipations, doubts, worries as well as projecting into the future thoughts or over anticipating fears of the future from anxiety never come to fruition. 

Different study findings in France have revealed that the brain devotes more processing power to social situations that signal threats — especially in anxious people. In fact anxiety is apparently the “sixth sense” for sensing danger, a threat or signaling when something is not right. 

Anxiety is being constantly nervous and afraid of things you can’t foresee or control. It is creating a mental shortcut to the worst possible scenario and intense overwhelming anticipation with a strong need to control the future. Anxiety feels as though as if you’re living in a thought world of “what ifs”. By definition an anxiety attack is the experiencing a brief episode of intense, excessive overwhelming anticipation, doubt, negative thoughts, or worries.
   
Symptoms of Anxiety

As a result of experiencing anxiety your symptoms can be increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, trembling, sweating, stress, exhaustion and adrenaline rushes. If you think about it these are also some symptoms of experiencing excitement.

Anxiety is not the problem but a blessing

Let’s change how your mindset about anxiety. Anxiety can be both a curse and a blessing.  

Turn Negative Thinking Around

When anxiety is negative, it leads you to project into future situations or upcoming tasks which you are fearful of and are experiencing feelings that you are no good enough to complete them. When you think your future looks bleak, your thinking will turn negative and cause you to decide not to go forward. 

In fact, anxiety causes you to get stuck in thought looping about the future Scenarios and what will happen instead of living in the moment. You end up miserable, feeling overwhelmed, stagnated on reflecting about how situations in your past went wrong in the past, and ignorant of possibilities that is another way. 


Positive Thinking

On the other hand when anxiety is a blessing and recognized as one, you become filled with motivation, desire to put tasks or projects in your life into action and drive to complete. Anxiety can help you to be more focused. Not feeling stuck or trapped and looking forward to things changing for the better. Anxiety helps you look to the future as a time when all of our goals, problems, projects and tasks will be completed and out of the way. When you think that things will get better, things get better. Like when you start a new job, when a goal or project will be completed, or when you are able to pay off a big debt. It is anxiety that gets you to do what you need to do. Not stop you. The higher the level of anxiety you experience the more your inner self is imploring you to make a decision, stop predicting and make a move in what is going on in your moment.

Change your mindset about anxiety, change your life. Change your view of anxiety as a productive tool as well as a blessing which can be then take advantage of for you personally and your life. Anxiety can be a healthy mechanism and make you more drive, motivated and mostly more productive.

Anxiety is a natural pathway for your body to message you

Actually anxiety is a message from your body, mind and spirit that you need “to do something”. Anxiety indicates that you are either stuck, trapped, not performing or procrastinating on life things you need to do or deal with.  Anxiety is telling you that you are in a situation in which you need to make a move, something is going to happen soon in the moment, or something important is coming up which you need to prepare for, not avoid. Anxiety is actually imploring you to not ruminate, doubt, or just worry over something that will probably will never happen in the future. The anxiety message is strongly encouraging you to “do” rather than “not do”. You have the ability, intelligence and strength to make a significant change in how you relate to your anxiety. Maybe it is as simple as mindset shift.

A major part of all this learning is to make your anxiety productive and positive. Listen to your body. Learn to trust in the information you anxiety is attempting to send you. Understand you can’t be whole and productive unless your head and body are connected. Without the connection can’t you can’t mentally receive the message from to your anxiety.

Productive Anxiety can increase and benefit your:

Mindfulness

Fluidity of Thought

Creativity

Open Awareness

Enhanced Emotional Health

Positive Attitudes

Focus

Alertness

Improved Performance

Afterthoughts

Here are tips to help you:
    
  1.  Just stop what you are doing and take two deep breathes.

  2.  Stepping back and distancing yourself from a negative 
       thought, overwhelming issue, difficult task or burdensome
       problem will help you to clear your head of anxiety, doubt 
       and worries.

  3. Take a time-out. Practice yoga, listen to music, meditate, 
      get a massage, or learn relaxation and breathing techniques 
      to assist you in learning to be in the moment.

  4.  Get in tune with your body (through exercise) and 
       invest in doing healthy things.

  5.  Remain open to messages when you experience anxiety.  

  6.  Take stock in yourself right now in the moment.                    


             Coach Bill                                                 
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