What is anxiety? Do you know the feeling of feeling trapped in a dangerous situation? Like if you were in the middle of the road without the opportunity to move and the cars rushing towards you for the full blow? Then you also know the anxiety that arises in a harmless situation but that feels exactly the same way – just as intense and awful!
For the emotional sense is the same – regardless of whether the anxiety is real or irrational.
So far so good. Now you know that irrational anxiety feels just like fear of real danger. But what is irrational fear really?
You get my bid on that.
What is irrational anxiety?
Anxiety in itself is not dangerous. It just feels like that. Anxiety is a natural survival mechanism that starts when you are in danger. It is a kind of alarm that makes you react (in a split second) so you either fight or flee away from the dangerous situation.
The combat or flight state feels so awful that you are being driven to immediate action.
Anxiety thus makes good sense when you are in danger. Here it helps you survive.
But what if the anxiety also begins to arise in harmless situations?
When you get anxiety in situations that are not dangerous, it is usually called irrational anxiety. So when there is no rational or justified by real danger, but based on your thoughts and ideas.
What does the word “anxiety” mean?
The word “anxiety” covers an intense inner feeling and state of turmoil, nervousness accompanied by thoughts and beliefs that something terrible will happen at once.
Fear and anxiety are not the same. Fear arises when you fear something concrete. Anxiety arises from the thoughts you think (or imagine) that something dangerous or very unpleasant will happen.
Fear is, for example, when you are on the road and cannot move you and the cars rush towards you. You fear for your life. The situation is concrete – and you are in real danger.
Anxiety is, for example, when you dare not cross the road because you think or imagine that you are stuck in the middle of the road and therefore can be in danger.
How does anxiety feel?
Anxiety feels different from person to person. It is unique and settles on your personality, behavior, way of thinking, history, relationships, genes, etc.
You can experience anxiety rise and fall in intensity and strength. And you can experience it in all degrees, from easy and fleeting turmoil to uncontrolled, frantic horror.
Some experience irrational anxiety during periods while others experience it as daily scrolls, where it alternately moves and decreases subsequently.
You can be anxious about everything. Things, people, places, situations, emotions, seasons, thoughts – you name it!
You may experience anxiety about a particular thing one day without the same thing causing anxiety the other day. This is due, for example, to the thoughts and beliefs you make yourself or the stress level you have the current day and time. Other things can also play.
What symptoms do you get?
Just as you may have different types of anxiety to fight with, you may also experience various anxiety symptoms. The symptoms may vary depending on how stressed you are and the situation you are in.
The most typical anxiety symptoms may include:
- increased and superficial breathing
- the knuckle in the stomach
- shaking hands and legs
- thoughts about future danger/discomfort
- notions of something you feel strongly discomforted with
- urge to fight or escape
- and many more
How do you know you have an anxiety disorder?
It can be difficult to assess when it has developed into a definite disorder. In many cases, the transition from common anxiety to inhibitory and debilitating can be difficult to detect.
For some experienced anxiety that comes down the dump from a cloudless sky and with a magic stroke the legs turn away beneath you and paralyze you from day one. For others it comes creeping and tackles you without you noticing it.
Your doctor may diagnose whether anxiety disorder is involved or not.
Far away, however, you yourself will have a good sense of whether your anxiety fills too much in your life. It fills too much and prevents you from living the life you want to live – you will feel it as a suffering.
You may suffer from various types of anxiety. Anxiety is divided into several different categories, such as ‘generalized anxiety’, ‘social phobia / social anxiety’, ‘panic disorder’, ‘anxiety disorder’, ‘agorafbi’, ‘oCD’ and ‘simple phobia’ etc. You can easily fight with several different types of anxiety at once.
If you have any doubts about what you feel is anxiety, it is a good idea to talk to a doctor and possibly. a psychologist who can help you recognize the symptoms.
How to get rid of your anxiety
There are many ways in which you can get the fear back again. I could write page up and down (that’s actually what I do too) about which methods and techniques work.
Here I have gathered 7 basic conditions that I think are needed to establish the road to less anxiety. They come here:
- Examine whether what you are experiencing is anxiety.
- Recognition is an ongoing process. Give yourself time to recognize.
- Seek knowledge and insight into what anxiety is.
- Go in therapy.
- Get to know the tools and techniques.
- Practice. Every day.
- Keep going.
You do not need insight, tools
- stress Management
- cognitive methods
- and exposure
All effective and effective methods and tools with exercise get your anxiety to escape.