Coping With Stress and Anxiety
by: Trevor Dumbleton
Among the hardest parts of living in the modern world is stress and anxiety. Wit h worries about work, the environment, the economy, natural disasters, terrorism, and the general state of the world, it seems that there is no end to the number of things to worry about. Thou gh we cannot control many of these things, they still weigh on our minds and cause us stress and anxiety. Howev er, despite these concerns, we should try to avoid stress and anxiety.
Stress and anxiety are, at their hearts, mental problems. They ar e conditions in which the mind is racing and constantly circling around certain concerns. The conc erns may be seemingly mundane, but the concerns keep recurring until they push out all the other thoughts in the brain and create their own towering mass of worry. And this tower is, in itself self-propagating simply because stress and anxiety tend to create themselves because stress and anxiety cause the mind to condition itself to stress and anxiety.
Ther e is research to suggest that the mind gets used to stress and anxiety and, once it is conditioned, it will quickly return to stress and anxiety. In fact, th ere is some evidence that shows that stress conditioning may actually begin when we are too young to do anything about it. Children who face a great deal of stress will find their minds altered such that they will quickly return to a state of stress at the slightest provocation. It is almost as though the mind misses the state of stress and anxiety and wants to return to it once it has found the state.
Unfortun ately, this creates serious problems not only for the mind, but also the body. Stress and anxi ety put a great many demands on the human body. It causes headac hes, high blood pressure, ulcers, sleep problems, immune system deficiencies and can even swell the joints, which can cause severe problems with conditions such as arthritis. As well, stress a nd anxiety can result in depression, memory problems, and even alcohol and drug abuse for those who suffer from stress and anxiety regularly. Thus, stress and a nxiety are not merely problems of the mind, but they are problems of the mind that can cause problems in the body. The mind does, in s urprising ways, control the body. And a mind that is o verly taxed can lead to a body that is overly taxed.
Thus, you must understand that you can also control your mind. Stress and anxiety do not need to take over your mind. In fact, you can contro l how your mind responds to the problems that arise in life.
Remember that you can decide not to be stressed. You do not have to be anx ious. You can change your mind a nd let things slide away. Yes, there are many things in this world to worry about. However, worrying about them will not change many aspects of the modern world. Constantly thinking about wor k, the environment, the economy, or politics will not change them. Instead, resolve to change thi ngs that you can change and do not worry about what you cannot control.
The thing to keep in mind is a sense of perspective. Yes, work is stressful, but do y ou need to worry about being attacked by a lion when you leave the office? When you go shopping for grocerie s, do you need to think about whether there will be a pack of marauding barbarians in the produce section? Hopefully, the answer is, “No.” T hus, you do not have the same conc erns as our forebears and you should keep that in mind. Life is pretty safe these days and t he so-called “Age of Stress” is entirely of our own creation. We are stressed about things that we decide to be stressed about. And the things that we are stressed ab out really aren’t that important in the long-run scheme of things.
Stress and anxiety are, seemingly , enough to worry about on their own. So don’t fall into the trap of keeping t hem going. Keep life in perspective, keep yourself o n an even keel and remember that you can control your own mind. If you can manage to do that, stress and a nxiety to not need to take over your life.
About The Author
Trevor Dumbleton is the owner of http://www.LowerYourStress.com/, a categorized resource directory for everything to do with stress.