How To Erase Feelings Of Worry

Published: 15th May 2008
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Many people use the words "anxiety" and "stress" interchangeably, but they are actually two distinct conditions. Stress is a reaction to a stimulus, which can be external or internal. You may experience stress because you feel frustrated with something (like waiting in line behind a slow person) or when you worry that you won't meet expectations (such as missing a deadline).

Anxiety, on the other hand, is a sense of fear and nervousness or even dread. It can be brought on by negative thoughts and expectations, or as a reaction to stress. You may feel anxious virtually all of the time and not know why, or your worry may be a reaction to something you are nervous about, like an upcoming test.

Abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain may cause generalized anxiety. Some studies show that anxiety can be hereditary. Anxiety may also stem from environmental conditions, as when a child whose father or mother is often anxious becomes 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 react to their anxiousness in very different ways. Symptoms of anxiety can range from the mild, such as tense muscles and sweaty hands, to the severe, such as anxiety attacks, irregular heartbeat, and vomiting.

Everyone feels some amount of anxiety once in awhile. All of us have felt the dry mouth and vague sense of dread before an exam or public speaking engagement. But when does it become harmful to your health? Research has revealed that chronic anxiety can make us vulnerable to sleep disorders, depression, relationship problems, and high blood pressure

For sufferers of long-term untreated anxiety, there can be negative health consequences that have yet to be fully explored. Some studies have found a link between chronic anxiety and a variety of serious health conditions including heart disease, thyroid disease, respiratory illness, arthritis, and cancer. Chronically anxious people may even be more likely to suffer a fatal heart attack.

If you experience what seems like an inappropriately high amount of anxiety relative to the circumstances, or if you feel anxious nearly every day, you may actually have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are chronic conditions characterized by an individual's inability to function normally because of constant anxiety. Anxiety disorders are serious conditions that should be treated to reduce the risk of long-term negative health effects.

Anxiety treatment has long been the subject of much discussion in the medical field. Some medical professionals feel that medication is the best treatment for chronic anxiety. However, anti-anxiety medications often have harmful side effects that are just as bad as or even worse than the initial condition.

There are plenty of safe and effective ways to handle negative emotional responses. Exercise is one that is often overlooked by anxious people, but it is highly effective. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosting and pain-killing chemicals. With regular aerobic exercise, you may begin to feel a dramatic decrease in negative emotional responses to situations that would have previously made you extremely anxious.

The most effective way to deal with worry and tension is to control it from within. Stress relief and stress management techniques are extremely valuable tools in coping with day-to-day stress. These techniques can teach you to relax yourself and let the tension leave your body. You make a conscious effort to slow your rate of breathing, release the tension, and maintain a tranquil state of mind. Meditation is an increasingly popular form of tension management in which you focus on thoughtful relaxation and deep, calm breathing.

However, if you want a proactive way to relieve yourself of anxiety, hypnotherapy is by far the best form of treatment. When a person undergoes hypnosis, their reactions and emotional responses to events are changed at the core. This permits them to cope with anxiety-inducing triggers without the typical feelings of fear and nervousness.

Hypnosis is often performed by a licensed hypnotist in a series of regular sessions. More commonly today, hypnotherapy takes the form of self hypnosis programs which are available in the form of DVDs, MP3s, or CDs for personal home use. No special skills are needed to perform self hypnosis. All that you need is a way to play the hypnotherapy program and a quiet place where you can relax and listen.

Another successful type of anxiety treatment is Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or NLP. NLP is a type of therapy that can help you retrain your body and mind to naturally react to situations in a more positive manner. You can consciously decide to stay calm rather than anxious, meaning that you are always in control of your own emotions.

It is evident that it is important to be able to manage our negative emotional responses in order to stay healthy. Learning to deal with fear and nervousness can even add years onto your life. To treat long-term anxiety, the best treatment option to follow is to use hypnosis to change your attitudes and reactions at the core. Then, practice stress management techniques as necessary to keep calm in everyday situations.

Alan B. Densky, CH has been in practice over 30 years. His Neuro-VISION hypnotism website carries a broad spectrum of anxiety reduction NLP CDs, and advanced anxiety elimination CDs Visit his site for the Free self hypnosis blog, and download a free MP3.

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