Self Help for Stress and Anxiety
Some 50 years ago, no one would admit lightly to having stress issues or anxiety as they seemed to be linked to mental health issues. People were taught from an early age to accept that problems occur in life and that they should just ‘pull themselves together’ and to ‘get over it’, usually through hard work or hobbies and exercise, such as dancing. Nothing could be of much help, of course, to those who unfortunately did suffer from these conditions.
However, life was so much more controlled and uncomplicated in those days, but big changes were on the way. From the 1970’s onwards, life became a new unrecognised world, with advances in medicines, sciences, computer technology and general life-styles. You just have to think of such advancements into everyday life, such as advanced TV’s, washing machines, tumble dryers, freezers, microwaves, computers, mobile phones, internet etc. Add to all that the expansion of flights taking us anywhere in the world, opening up travel knowledge done first hand and not just reliant on geography books for children. Most youngsters expect foreign holidays as the norm, as opposed to 30 years ago! Massive changes have also been made with equality of the sexes, with woman and men having to be accepted as equals, in everything from jobs to mortgages etc.
So now we accept that stress and anxiety have become more the norm, rather than the exception, and the emphasis has changed to helping us to manage these motions when they appear. First we need to look at the symptoms and causes of stress and anxiety. Our emotions and behaviours are governed by the brain, and anything that causes a disruption from our everyday behaviour causes the normal functioning of our thoughts and ideas to go into what can be described best as a ‘panic mode’. Triggers could be small things, such as being late for work, forgetting an appointment, appliance breaking down, breaking a cup. They interrupt the normal pattern of behaviour, as we now have an unexpected situation to deal with, which interferes with normal routine.
Symptoms of stress and anxiety can vary from the very mild to the very extreme. The brain tries to overcome irrational thoughts that may occur at first, such as wanting to run away and hide, but often this is not enough to shake the fears, so physiological symptoms may follow. These can be shaking, speech difficulties, irrational fear of objects or people, faking illness and many other ways of trying to take away some of the responsibilities for their actions.
The need is to reduce the stress and anxiety levels as simply and quickly as possible. Of course, medicines can be prescribed by your doctor, but they only deal with the symptoms and don’t address the causes. So let’s examine some ‘alternative’ methods – those that don’t include drugs! Avoiding the ‘triggers’ that set off the alarm bells in the brain is key, but often people can suffers without recognising the actual trigger, so ‘mindfulness’ is a good, harmless method of self-help that can be easily learned and practised by anyone. It teaches how to calm down the thought processes and concentrate on small things around you to help restore clarity.
Meditation each day can also help in a similar way, concentrating on breathing and imagining peaceful scenes, which in turn helps lower blood pressure. Reducing stress can also be helped by changing your diet, so that it includes healthy foods such as organic ranges, plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable, plus, of course, getting plenty of rest and sleep. Another way to help the reduction of stress and anxiety is to get a psychic reading as this will help guide you to a mode stable way of thinking and behaving as you will be more in control of your life if you can know what lies ahead for you. Planning is the key to success, both in business and your personal life!