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Feel the power of suppressing anxiety

Anxiety is a natural feeling, not always bad for us

another side to anxiety

What's the feeling of anxiety, and Why that feeling is with me?

We all experience anxiety; it is a natural human state and a vital part of our lives. Anxiety helps us to identify and respond to danger in 'fight-or-flight mode. It can motivate us to face up to dealing with tough challenges. The 'right' amount of anxiety can help us perform better and stimulate action and creativity.

But there is another side to anxiety. Persistent anxiety causes real emotional distress and can lead to us becoming unwell and, at worst, developing anxiety disorders.

Mental Health Foundation's survey:

The survey highlights' finance, money, and debt' as the most common source of anxiety, perhaps reflecting the impact of the recession and austerity on public mental health and well-being.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of stress, fear, and uncomfortable or uneasiness. It can be caused because of tensions, hectic work schedules, or lifestyles. It is a normal emotion that comes out sometimes. It is not to be ignored if it adds daily to your emotions. Every person deals with it differently. Some think it's good to suppress, and some think it's better to explore.

Is it bad to suppress anxiety every day?

It depends on the level of anxiety

When the difficult time comes, what do you do?

"When something happens, you see it more positively, like a glass half full rather than half empty," Llewellyn explained.

Study participants who followed this method regularly reported less anxiety while those who buried their feelings.

Low-level anxiety may assist you in retaining the focus required to complete tasks. In a brief scenario, suppressing or placing a cap on your emotions might also be a beneficial technique.

Can anxiety be suppressed?

Suppression of positive emotion decreases the expression component and decreases the experiential component (Gross & John, 2003.

By far, the most often-studied regulation technique within clinical populations is suppression, which is conceptualized as an avoidance strategy.

There is no conclusive data regarding the causal role of suppression in the development of anxiety disorders; however, a larger wealth of data exists that lends itself to the conclusion that suppression may maintain symptoms.

Managing anxiety with 3–3–3 rule

We ignore or forget to focus on our mental health in our busy lives. Instead, most of us cannot manage it. It's natural to feel anxious and follow the 3–3–3 rule to deal. To follow, concentrate on three things; -Three sounds you hear, move three body parts-fingers, shoulders, and feet, and name three things you saw. By doing the above, we're able to pause the anxiety levels.

Can suppressing emotions cause panic attacks?

Sometimes suppressing emotions causes a decline in the level of mental health. When you see the negative impact on mental health, don't suppress it more than it gives initiation to depression and panic attacks. Suppress your feelings until it's acting as a positive motivator for a kickback or to fight in the battle of goals and dreams.

Do repressed emotions cause anxiety?

Repressing emotion is when we avoid the feeling of emotion unintentionally. It differs from the situation of suppressing emotions, which you purposely avoid to reduce the impact on your mental level.

Suppression can sometimes work as a solution if you're sure that we will manage it later.

Some emotions can be repressed: anger, sadness, and disappointment

The findings support the notion that suppressing anxiety-related thoughts can produce a paradoxical rise in anxiety and cause and/or maintain anxiety disorders.

Emotions associated with anxiety

Anxiety is a second emotion a person is feeling besides the initial reaction, and it's difficult to feel and express. Since anxiety relates to a fight with the system, it gives birth to an increase in stress levels and comes up with emotional dis-balance.

An individual comes up with the following reactions in case of anxiety:

  1. Excessive thirst
  2. Stomach upset
  3. Headache
  4. Fatigue
  5. Excessive sweating

Managing anxiety

Emotions associated with anxiety

An excellent ability to cope with anxiety is key to resilience in the face of whatever life throws at us.

As individuals and society, we need to understand and engage with anxiety better, recognizing when it is helpfully alerting us to pay attention and ensuring we have coping strategies when its negative impact becomes too great.


People in their middle years (35 to 59) report the highest levels of anxiety compared with other age groups.

2.6% of the population experience depression 4.7% have anxiety problems, 9.7% suffer mixed depression and anxiety, making it the most prevalent mental health problem in the population.

More than half of us have noticed that ‘people are more anxious today than they were 5 years ago.’

Approved by Be Open's Editors: A Shayens Abran & Priya Tandon



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Ashmeen Kaur

Ashmeen Kaur

An Educationist, Freelance writer (Creative thinker) & Sales professional. I love to write about lifestyle, productivity, and relationship.