© of A Yates 2011

Online help for anxiety disorders

Problems living and dealing with anxiety

This fear-based feeling has become very common and seemingly on the increase, and has sometimes been cited a modern day epidemic, in some cases it can severely impact a persons life and ruin not just their mental health but damage their physical health. The truth is that anxiety is not just a simple issue, it can be very complex and take time to find a practical solution, if it was so simple to treat, we could cure it effectively, and no one would have this problem, but the truth is that many people in this world do struggle with constant anxiety issues, like social phobias and triggered and non-triggered panic attacks throughout their lives, Anxiety does not always quickly respond to therapeutic intervention and medication.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can be a very unpleasant feeling that is a core part of our survival skills, and it is usually very good at keeping us safe or preparing us for future danger, it helps us by reducing our level of exposure to dangerous actions or situations and also helps us make choices to keep us away from future harmful circumstances. When I say harmful, I do not just mean the threat of physical harm or facing danger; it will also include embarrassing or emotionally unpleasant experiences and situations, that can reduce your social or economic standing in society. The possibility of facing a possible future loss can be challenging to deal with, the anxiety felt at this time can feel quite intense, that's why many people feel high levels of stress when they face the possibility of losing their job, or losing their partner or facing a possible difficult medical diagnosis or getting divorced.

Anxiety-driven response

Any thoughts that raise your level of concern to a level that effects how you emotionally react is considered to be an anxiety driven response, this response is quite typical, and everyone feels high levels of stress and anxiety from time to time. When the anxiety becomes overactive just like an overactive imagination, it can start to work against you instead of helping you. There is an important consideration to remember about feelings of anxiety, if they are relevant to your situation, for instance before someone gets married there may be some expected levels of high stress. Many people will understand this as being a normal reaction to the circumstances, however, if there are also future fears that may be well founded, such as a lack of trust in the partner, or unresolved issues with the relationship. In such situations the anxiety could be a valid warning that needs to be taken into consideration, ignoring it could lead to feelings of imminent dread, panic can arise making you feel miserable, you may even start to show symptoms of depression in some circumstances. It is not always about the anxiousness, but it could be about the choices you are about to make, and by looking at what is real for you by talking freely, it can help you discover if the fears are real or unfounded.

The architect of your anxiety

The imagination is probably a significant factor in human evolution, without it, humans would probably still be living in caves, all the remarkable advances in the sciences and arts have been made possible by people using their imaginations to solve problems and create ideas and dreams. Our imagination can impact on any part of our life, from sexual arousal and confidence to relationships and feelings of anxiety. Even our physical abilities can be either enhanced or reduced just by how we think and feel. Have you ever been scared of the dark or frightened by a film or book? Alternatively, been worried when your child is late home, then you can start to understand the power the imagination has to influence our thoughts and emotions and ultimately how we live life. With help from online psychotherapy/counselling or hypnotherapy or as I use a combination of many types of therapy, it is possible to change the way you use your imagination or how thoughts and feeling affect your life. How we create images and thoughts automatically and trying not to think of something can have the opposite effect. If I ask you not to think of a blue balloon, as soon you read the words blue balloon your mind has provided you with the image in your mind, so if you had a fear of blue balloons your anxiety level would go up slightly. So anxiety is not just a silly response, but a complicated effect of several thought processes that include the imagination and any personal experience of fear, it also has a positive influence that helps keep us safe, anxiety stops us from doing actions that could put us in danger, like driving to fast or crossing the road without looking. So you could say that there is good anxiety, as well as bad, good anxiety, helps keep us safe while the bad anxiety could place restrictions on a person’s life.

Problems with Anxiety

Anxiety can be a very complex issue, that many people struggle to control day to day, it can start becoming a problem early on in life, or it can become an issue people start to experience in later life. It can grow over time or develop almost instantly after an emotionally upsetting or frightening experience, such as a physical attack or being betrayed by a cheating partner. Some anxiety is positive and very helpful, it works very well at keeping us safe, by creating uncomfortable feelings that can bring our attention to possible physical dangers, it will also heighten our awareness of possible situations, that may be socially unacceptable and affect the persons social standing, or emotionally hurtful

Trying to solve the anxiety conundrum?

How much anxiety should we be feeling at any given time? What does a reasonable level of anxiety actually feel like? One of the things that can work against you when trying to reduce your levels of anxiety is an unrealistic expectation; most people feel anxious in certain situations. So feeling anxious is normal, but if you think you should not be feeling any anxiety then every time you do feel anxious, you think you need to make more progress, even if you have reduced the level of your anxiety, this can make people feel helpless and hopeless. In that scenario, they have to redefine their beliefs before progress is recognised and continued.

Reducing Anxiety

Somewhere on this page it is possible to find a way of allowing you to feel calmer and for a short time you will find some relief from anxiety, by implementing these suggestions every week, you can reduce the long-term effects of stress and anxiety on your life. There are more in-depth explanations that will explain in more detail the psychological and physiological state and the Cognitive & Behavioural Elements of anxiety, but I hope this short and simple explanation has given you some idea about your anxiety. There are some ways below to help yourself control stress and anxiety, using the simple methods included here will usually help.

Meditation

Meditation has been used for thousands of years, and it has been proved to work to lower anxiety and stress, it can also lead to more profound long-lasting internal changes that for many people over time provide them with new personal insights, it will also allow them to rest and heal physically. ( YouTube is providing many quality meditation instructions for free ) The good news is you do not have to sit cross-legged or chant and learn complex, in-depth techniques for it to be effective, almost anyone can do it, very often in a way that is right for them.

If we all know that relaxation is good for us why don’t more people

spend time relaxing?

Working as a therapist, I often encourage the use of meditation to clients so they can benefit from the reduced stress and anxiety that people often sense in their life when people regularly use meditation there is usually value to it other than just feeling a sense of relaxation. The use of meditation can affect many areas of our thinking mind and our physical self; it is an excellent way to help find relief from stress and anxiety. Allowing the mind and body to rest and recover with meditation can be worthwhile, it takes some practice and some commitment from you for it to work as well as it can. There are many ways to do meditation, and it can be as simple as sitting or lying down and just counting and breathing, it can be more complex and involve sitting with crossed legs and saying a mantra, I always think that whatever works will do and everyone is different so the best method to use will be very different from person to person. There are many free examples of guided meditation on YouTube and free videos teaching methods of meditation. Hypnotherapy is an excellent way to relax, and again there are free relaxation videos and mp3 files available to use online. Mediation has been used for many years and is known to help people in many ways. Some meditation properties you will find helpful. Reduced stress Reduced anxiety Reduced digestive problems Reduced high blood pressure problems. Increases self-awareness.

A warning about meditation

With any deep relaxation, including hypnotherapy there is a possibility, that some people can have an adverse reaction, especially if you have PTSD, or have suppressed emotions, or repressed emotional experiences. The results can be diverse in its intensity, it may just feel slightly uncomfortable to the person, or they may become extremely upset for no reason or start experiencing overwhelming negative emotions, If your mood has changed after meditation for the worse, it is best to seek some guidance or therapy to help uncover the reasons.

Breathing exercises

Breathing is essential to us, and the way we breathe can have an effect on how we think and feel, if you sit down close your eyes and take four deep breaths slowly you will feel more relaxed. You can also use ways of breathing to influence how you think and help in situations that may trigger anxiety. How to breathe correctly is essential.

Exercise

The good news is that there is no need to join a gym, and you can find many ways to find physical activities to help you exercise. Sometimes it’s just about being more active, so going dancing or walking, swimming and any sport will help you keep fit. Instructional DVD’S about how to exercise is also helpful. Exercise helps reduce stress by using the body's natural chemicals to help you feel good naturally.

Reduce caffeine

Reduce or stop drinking high caffeine drinks such as coffee or cola and even tea, and high energy drinks are also usually high in caffeine. Caffeine reduces the ability to rest, hinders sleep and keeps the mind working, yes it can help you keep going, but at a cost, nothing wrong with having the odd drink but people who are suffering from anxiety or stress tend to overdo the amount they drink, try to count how many high caffeine drinks you have a day. High doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, dizziness, headaches, and anxiety It is considered 200-300 mg of caffeine a day to be a safe amount for adults. However, some people can become dependent on as little as 100 mg of caffeine a day. It could mean that it is possible to develop withdrawal symptoms and experience symptoms like tiredness, irritability, and headaches if they stop all caffeine suddenly. You may think your caffeine intake is low but it can be added to medications and supplements, and some foods, so you may not be fully aware how much you really ingest in a day. Try looking at the ingredients in over the counter pain medication and energy drinks. The old saying you are what you eat is true in many ways, by cutting out processed foods and eating your five a day fresh vegetables and fruit you will help your body find the energy and minerals it needs, by eating healthy food you are going to be healthier.
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Online help for anxiety disorders

Problems living and dealing with anxiety

This fear-based feeling has become very common and seemingly on the increase, and has sometimes been cited a modern day epidemic, in some cases it can severely impact a persons life and ruin not just their mental health but damage their physical health. The truth is that anxiety is not just a simple issue, it can be very complex and take time to find a practical solution, if it was so simple to treat, we could cure it effectively, and no one would have this problem, but the truth is that many people in this world do struggle with constant anxiety issues, like social phobias and triggered and non-triggered panic attacks throughout their lives, Anxiety does not always quickly respond to therapeutic intervention and medication.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety can be a very unpleasant feeling that is a core part of our survival skills, and it is usually very good at keeping us safe or preparing us for future danger, it helps us by reducing our level of exposure to dangerous actions or situations and also helps us make choices to keep us away from future harmful circumstances. When I say harmful, I do not just mean the threat of physical harm or facing danger; it will also include embarrassing or emotionally unpleasant experiences and situations, that can reduce your social or economic standing in society. The possibility of facing a possible future loss can be challenging to deal with, the anxiety felt at this time can feel quite intense, that's why many people feel high levels of stress when they face the possibility of losing their job, or losing their partner or facing a possible difficult medical diagnosis or getting divorced.

Anxiety-driven response

Any thoughts that raise your level of concern to a level that effects how you emotionally react is considered to be an anxiety driven response, this response is quite typical, and everyone feels high levels of stress and anxiety from time to time. When the anxiety becomes overactive just like an overactive imagination, it can start to work against you instead of helping you. There is an important consideration to remember about feelings of anxiety, if they are relevant to your situation, for instance before someone gets married there may be some expected levels of high stress. Many people will understand this as being a normal reaction to the circumstances, however, if there are also future fears that may be well founded, such as a lack of trust in the partner, or unresolved issues with the relationship. In such situations the anxiety could be a valid warning that needs to be taken into consideration, ignoring it could lead to feelings of imminent dread, panic can arise making you feel miserable, you may even start to show symptoms of depression in some circumstances. It is not always about the anxiousness, but it could be about the choices you are about to make, and by looking at what is real for you by talking freely, it can help you discover if the fears are real or unfounded.

The architect of your anxiety

The imagination is probably a significant factor in human evolution, without it, humans would probably still be living in caves, all the remarkable advances in the sciences and arts have been made possible by people using their imaginations to solve problems and create ideas and dreams. Our imagination can impact on any part of our life, from sexual arousal and confidence to relationships and feelings of anxiety. Even our physical abilities can be either enhanced or reduced just by how we think and feel. Have you ever been scared of the dark or frightened by a film or book? Alternatively, been worried when your child is late home, then you can start to understand the power the imagination has to influence our thoughts and emotions and ultimately how we live life. With help from online psychotherapy/counselling or hypnotherapy or as I use a combination of many types of therapy, it is possible to change the way you use your imagination or how thoughts and feeling affect your life. How we create images and thoughts automatically and trying not to think of something can have the opposite effect. If I ask you not to think of a blue balloon, as soon you read the words blue balloon your mind has provided you with the image in your mind, so if you had a fear of blue balloons your anxiety level would go up slightly. So anxiety is not just a silly response, but a complicated effect of several thought processes that include the imagination and any personal experience of fear, it also has a positive influence that helps keep us safe, anxiety stops us from doing actions that could put us in danger, like driving to fast or crossing the road without looking. So you could say that there is good anxiety, as well as bad, good anxiety, helps keep us safe while the bad anxiety could place restrictions on a person’s life.

Problems with Anxiety

Anxiety can be a very complex issue, that many people struggle to control day to day, it can start becoming a problem early on in life, or it can become an issue people start to experience in later life. It can grow over time or develop almost instantly after an emotionally upsetting or frightening experience, such as a physical attack or being betrayed by a cheating partner. Some anxiety is positive and very helpful, it works very well at keeping us safe, by creating uncomfortable feelings that can bring our attention to possible physical dangers, it will also heighten our awareness of possible situations, that may be socially unacceptable and affect the persons social standing, or emotionally hurtful

Trying to solve the anxiety conundrum?

How much anxiety should we be feeling at any given time? What does a reasonable level of anxiety actually feel like? One of the things that can work against you when trying to reduce your levels of anxiety is an unrealistic expectation; most people feel anxious in certain situations. So feeling anxious is normal, but if you think you should not be feeling any anxiety then every time you do feel anxious, you think you need to make more progress, even if you have reduced the level of your anxiety, this can make people feel helpless and hopeless. In that scenario, they have to redefine their beliefs before progress is recognised and continued.

Reducing Anxiety

Somewhere on this page it is possible to find a way of allowing you to feel calmer and for a short time you will find some relief from anxiety, by implementing these suggestions every week, you can reduce the long-term effects of stress and anxiety on your life. There are more in-depth explanations that will explain in more detail the psychological and physiological state and the Cognitive & Behavioural Elements of anxiety, but I hope this short and simple explanation has given you some idea about your anxiety. There are some ways below to help yourself control stress and anxiety, using the simple methods included here will usually help.

Meditation

Meditation has been used for thousands of years, and it has been proved to work to lower anxiety and stress, it can also lead to more profound long-lasting internal changes that for many people over time provide them with new personal insights, it will also allow them to rest and heal physically. ( YouTube is providing many quality meditation instructions for free ) The good news is you do not have to sit cross-legged or chant and learn complex, in-depth techniques for it to be effective, almost anyone can do it, very often in a way that is right for them.

If we all know that relaxation is good for

us why don’t more people spend time

relaxing?

Working as a therapist, I often encourage the use of meditation to clients so they can benefit from the reduced stress and anxiety that people often sense in their life when people regularly use meditation there is usually value to it other than just feeling a sense of relaxation. The use of meditation can affect many areas of our thinking mind and our physical self; it is an excellent way to help find relief from stress and anxiety. Allowing the mind and body to rest and recover with meditation can be worthwhile, it takes some practice and some commitment from you for it to work as well as it can. There are many ways to do meditation, and it can be as simple as sitting or lying down and just counting and breathing, it can be more complex and involve sitting with crossed legs and saying a mantra, I always think that whatever works will do and everyone is different so the best method to use will be very different from person to person. There are many free examples of guided meditation on YouTube and free videos teaching methods of meditation. Hypnotherapy is an excellent way to relax, and again there are free relaxation videos and mp3 files available to use online. Mediation has been used for many years and is known to help people in many ways. Some meditation properties you will find helpful. Reduced stress Reduced anxiety Reduced digestive problems Reduced high blood pressure problems. Increases self-awareness.

A warning about meditation

With any deep relaxation, including hypnotherapy there is a possibility, that some people can have an adverse reaction, especially if you have PTSD, or have suppressed emotions, or repressed emotional experiences. The results can be diverse in its intensity, it may just feel slightly uncomfortable to the person, or they may become extremely upset for no reason or start experiencing overwhelming negative emotions, If your mood has changed after meditation for the worse, it is best to seek some guidance or therapy to help uncover the reasons.

Breathing exercises

Breathing is essential to us, and the way we breathe can have an effect on how we think and feel, if you sit down close your eyes and take four deep breaths slowly you will feel more relaxed. You can also use ways of breathing to influence how you think and help in situations that may trigger anxiety. How to breathe correctly is essential.

Exercise

The good news is that there is no need to join a gym, and you can find many ways to find physical activities to help you exercise. Sometimes it’s just about being more active, so going dancing or walking, swimming and any sport will help you keep fit. Instructional DVD’S about how to exercise is also helpful. Exercise helps reduce stress by using the body's natural chemicals to help you feel good naturally.

Reduce caffeine

Reduce or stop drinking high caffeine drinks such as coffee or cola and even tea, and high energy drinks are also usually high in caffeine. Caffeine reduces the ability to rest, hinders sleep and keeps the mind working, yes it can help you keep going, but at a cost, nothing wrong with having the odd drink but people who are suffering from anxiety or stress tend to overdo the amount they drink, try to count how many high caffeine drinks you have a day. High doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, dizziness, headaches, and anxiety It is considered 200-300 mg of caffeine a day to be a safe amount for adults. However, some people can become dependent on as little as 100 mg of caffeine a day. It could mean that it is possible to develop withdrawal symptoms and experience symptoms like tiredness, irritability, and headaches if they stop all caffeine suddenly. You may think your caffeine intake is low but it can be added to medications and supplements, and some foods, so you may not be fully aware how much you really ingest in a day. Try looking at the ingredients in over the counter pain medication and energy drinks. The old saying you are what you eat is true in many ways, by cutting out processed foods and eating your five a day fresh vegetables and fruit you will help your body find the energy and minerals it needs, by eating healthy food you are going to be healthier.
ANXIETY PROBLEMS