Your heart rate rises, cold sweat pours, and lots of intrusive thoughts come rushing into your head. Sound familiar? These are just some of the things that people with anxiety experience. Anxiety is quite prevalent in our world after all.
Anxiety can have several different causes from those induced by chemical/ medicine taken, to those that are a product of lifelong experiences or traumatic events. It occurs when our brain’s fight or flight instincts are heightened to worrying degrees due to a stimulus with the rest of our body responding accordingly to a perceived threat. As such, we might need to retrain this mechanism of our brain- the survival brain, responsible for fight, flight, or freeze.
While therapy is still a great solution, it is not the only solution out there for you! Therapy provides great benefits such as being committed and being able to be in a safe space with a person that you can trust. However, for others, some of their anxiety issues may remain unresolved due to other factors.
The good news is that much like any other skills or habits, anxiety, and the other issues that come along with it can be resolved by replacing them with new and better ones. Remember that anxiety is not something that just latched on to you, it’s something that your body does when it receives a certain stimulus. This means that you still have the power to make things better for yourself.
The not-so-good news is that it isn’t as cozy as getting therapy wherein you can sit back and talk about all your experiences. This solution requires that you are committed and are willing to put in the work by yourself. Remember that this option is not something that will be done to you, but rather it is something that you will do yourself.
Remember that wallowing in self-pity and victim thinking is the least productive thing you can do to yourself. We know it’s not easy to break out of it, but we all need to start somewhere eventually.
Not everyone is willing to commit to this kind of treatment– one that’s more about application rather than passive treatment. However, if you think you are prepared, then feel free to reach out and put an end to the debilitating stress, overwhelm, and anxiety once and for all.