Getting Rid of Anxiety and Worry
It’s half past three in the morning, Andy is still awake. Unable to sleep, he tosses and turns back and forth. He is tired after an unusually hectic week which saw a packed schedule and threatening deadlines and still anxious about the forthcoming week. An argument with his clients has left him irritated and upset. Added to this, since the deal couldn’t be closed, his manager and colleagues showed no empathy. The unexpected quarrel with his girlfriend was like the last nail in his “bad week” coffin.
In a desperate attempt to sleep, Andy gulps down a few shots of whiskey, but nothing works. All he does is toss and turn restlessly. Finally, he pops a Xanax, a tranquilizer stored in his medicine cabinet, and his eyelids close. He finally manages to get some sleep, but at a heavy cost.
Andy is not the only one who is struggling with anxiety. It’s a common story for many in this fast-paced world. As per the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18 percent of the population.” Sadly, even though anxiety-related disorders are treatable, only about one-third of those suffering from them seek treatment.
Why is it so tough to stop being anxious?
Constantly wallowing in anxious thoughts can make anybody feel debilitated and stressed. Relentless doubts and never-ending fears can be paralyzing, sapping away one’s energy and pushing up anxiety levels alarmingly. If this situation persists, it can bring life to a standstill.
Being worried or anxious when the situation demands is natural, but excessive worrying which results in disturbed sleep or other physical ailments is an illness. People can view anxiety in both a positive and negative light depending on their belief systems.
In extreme situations, some people can feel that not only will their anxiety escalate, but drive them insane, destroy their health and unleash a series of misfortunes. On the other hand, many in a similar situation believe that their worry may actually help them better face their challenge and come up with innovative solutions. Being anxious is often seen as a sign of a concerned, sensitive and conscience-driven person. However, worrying in every situation can be more harmful or counter-productive.
Ways to combat anxious thoughts
However, there is hope at the end of the tunnel of anxiety. One can adopt ways and means to battle anxious thoughts instead of being overwhelmed by them. Here are a few tips:
· Allocate a separate worry time: Anxiety affects productivity, so how about taking a break from the problem by banishing it temporarily, and getting back to thinking about it once you have the time to think of a solution.
· Determine if a problem is resolvable: Individuals are at times preoccupied with imaginary worries and anxieties. Assessing one’s situation accurately helps distinguish between what can be accomplished and what should be ignored.
· Confront anxiety: Treating every negative thought as the ultimate truth can spell disaster. It is important to break this cycle by retraining one’s brain to think differently.
· Take uncertainty into account: It is advisable to embrace uncertainty of life, else anxiety might overshadow one’s present happiness.
· Live in the present moment: Practicing mindfulness is the key to stay focused on the present instead of worrying about an uncertain future.
Leading an anxiety-free life
Any kind of excessive worry or anxiety can make life hell. But there is hope, provided the symptoms are not ignored and acted upon at the right time. Medication and therapy can go a long way in changing negative thought patterns that develop as a result of suffering from any sort of mental health problem. But when it comes to patients with a prolonged stressful condition, recovery may take a little longer than usual.
If you or your loved one is battling any form of anxiety, stress or mental illness, the Arizona Mental Health Helpline is willing to help. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 866–606–7791 for information on mental health treatment centers in Arizona.