Do you know the difference between fear and anxiety? If you look in the dictionary or ask most people, these words are often used interchangeably. However, there is an important distinction between them. To understand, let’s consider Janet and Marc. The sun was just beginning to peek through the blinds as Janet opened her eyes …
Is comfort meant to be a universal and immediate panacea for every uneasy thought of interpreted distress?
Think of the brain and mind as two different entities. When brain is left ungoverned by the mind, then you are in a state of autopilot. At such times, you are more likely to be rigid and to behave from old, familiar emotions and thoughts.
People respond to stress in two basic but different ways: they’re either go-getters and stay-putters.
“Things are going so well…I’m really nervous. Something bad is bound to happen now!” Have you ever heard or thought something like this before? “The other shoe is going to drop” sentiment is a common pothole on the road to recovery. Sadly, this type of thinking prevents many people from allowing themselves to fully experience …
When people are burdened by fear, worry and anxiety, they struggle to live productive, happy lives. These same feelings propel them headlong into excessities.
If you struggle with dependency issues in relationships, you may jump to dire conclusions when a relationship hits a rough patch. A forgotten activity becomes a metaphoric slap in the face. An offhand comment becomes the prelude to a breakup.
Sometimes people will take their feelings of dread and impending disaster and concentrate it into a single area of concern. Pamela was terrified of germs, of unclean things harming her body and making her sick. It was not unusual for Pamela to wash her hands twenty times a day. Public restrooms, stair railings, door handles, …
To help you identify your patterns of worry and what activities or thoughts they are most associated with, you need to answer the following questions. Take your time to answer these questions and rally think about your answers.
Society places a great deal of value on not only what you do but also how well you do it. That’s a whole lot of pressure rolled up into a job.
To take charge of your life, you need to know what life is really about. You need to live your life in reality, looking for and acknowledging what is real and truthful, even if it hurts or is uncomfortable or triggers an anxiety.
Anxious people can appear paralyzed by fear. They can go to extreme lengths to avoid anything that triggers their fear. They can make elaborate excuses and put off handling anything that produces anxiety.