Erase Feelings Of Nervousness
Even though many people
tend to use the words "stress" and "anxiety"
interchangeably, they are in fact two separate conditions. Stress
is a response to a stimulus, which can be external or internal.
You may feel stress when you are frustrated with something (like
waiting in line behind a slow person) or when you worry that you
will not meet expectations (such as missing a deadline at work).
Anxiety, on the other
hand, is a sense of dread, or fear and nervousness. It can be
caused by negative thoughts and expectations, or as a reaction
to stress. You may feel anxious all of the time and not know why,
or your worry may be a reaction to something you are nervous about,
such as an upcoming exam.
Abnormal levels of
certain neurotransmitters in the brain can cause generalized anxiety.
Some studies show that anxiety can be brought on by genetics.
Anxiety can also stem from environmental conditions, as when a
child whose mother or father is often anxious learns to be an
anxious person by observing the parent. But frequently, the core
cause of anxiety is simply the thoughts in a person's mind!
Anxiety and stress
are subjective conditions. Different people may feel stressed
about different situations, and different people may respond to
their anxiousness in very different ways. Symptoms of anxiety
can range from the mild, such as sweaty hands and tense muscles,
to the severe, such as anxiety attacks, vomiting, and irregular
Everyone feels some
amount of anxiety from time to time. We have all experienced the
dry mouth and vague sense of dread before a public speaking engagement
or a test. But when does it become harmful to your health? Research
indicates that chronic anxiety can make us vulnerable to sleep
disorders, high blood pressure, depression, and relationship problems
For sufferers of long-term untreated anxiety
there may be detrimental health consequences that have yet to
be fully examined. Some studies have found a link between generalized
anxiety disorder and a number of serious health conditions including
cancer, heart disease, thyroid disease, respiratory illness, and
arthritis. Chronically anxious people may even be more likely
to suffer a fatal cardiac attack.
If you experience
what seems like an overwhelmingly high amount of anxiety relative
to the situation, or if you feel anxious nearly every day, you
may actually have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are chronic
conditions characterized by a person's inability to function normally
because of frequent anxiety. Anxiety disorders are serious conditions
that should be treated to lower the risk of long-term effects.
has long been the subject of much discussion in the medical community.
Some medical professionals believe that medication is the best
way to handle chronic anxiety. However, anxiety medications often
have harmful side effects that are just as bad as or even worse
than the initial affliction.
There are many natural,
non-invasive ways to handle negative emotional responses. Exercise
is one that is often overlooked by anxious people, but it is highly
effective. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which
are natural pain-killing and mood-boosting chemicals. With regular
aerobic exercise, you may start to feel a decrease in negative
emotional responses to situations that would have previously made
you extremely anxious.
The most effective
way to cope with tension and worry is to control it from the inside
out. Stress management and stress relief
techniques are very valuable tools in managing day-to-day stress.
These techniques can teach you to calm yourself and relieve your
tension. You make a conscious effort to slow your rate of breathing,
release the tension, and maintain a peaceful state of mind. Meditation
is a form of tension management in which you practice thoughtful
relaxation and deep, calm breathing.
However, if you are
searching for a proactive solution to relieve yourself of anxiety,
hypnosis is the most effective treatment option. When an individual
undergoes hypnotherapy, their emotional responses and reactions
to events are changed at the core. This allows them to deal with
common anxiety-inducing triggers without the typical nervousness
Hypnosis is typically
performed by a licensed hypnotist in a series of regular treatments.
More commonly today, hypnosis can be learned from self hypnosis
programs which are available in the form of DVDs, MP3s, or CDs
for individual home use. No special skills are required to practice
self hypnosis. All that you need is a way to play the hypnosis
program and a quiet space where you can listen and relax.
type of anxiety treatment is Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or
NLP. NLP is a type of therapy that can help you condition your
mind and body to naturally respond to situations in a more positive
manner. You can consciously decide to be calm rather than anxious,
which means that you always maintain control over your own emotions.
In summary, you can
see that it is important to control our negative emotional responses
in order to remain healthy. Learning to cope with nervousness
and fear may even extend your life. To treat chronic anxiety,
the best treatment option to follow is to use hypnosis to change
your reactions and attitudes from within. Then, use stress management
techniques as necessary to remain calm in everyday situations.
Alan B. Densky, CH
has been in practice over 30 years. His Neuro-VISION
self hypnosis website carries a broad spectrum of anxiety
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