Getting Out Of The State Of Constant Anxiety
Being in the state of constant anxiety is probably similar to having your alarm clock perpetually on. Or probably you can picture yourself that you are in a minefield where even if you try to watch your step, you still get to trigger a mine to go off. You feel as if you do not have any moment’s rest because you are expecting that there is something bad that will happen.
It is important that you are able to get out of that situation where you are always on edge. Doing so will be a great boost to your well-being. It can also lead to you live a better quality of life.
Why You Feel Constant Anxiety
Anxiety, worry, and fear are emotions which have served our ancestors well. These emotions were responsible for our survival as a species because it helped us perceive dangers and helped us avoid them. People made better choices in their lives because they learned from previous experiences and were guided by their instincts for survival.
Some triggers of the anxiety that you feel could be rooted in something that happened to you a long time ago. It keeps your brain constantly reminded that this bad thing will happen again if you let it. So you go to great lengths just to keep it at bay. And in the process, you are always thinking of that perceived threat happening so you are always on edge.
The natural reaction of the body to perceived or real danger is to fight, to run away, or to freeze in the moment. We fight the threat if we believe we can overcome it. But if it is a bigger threat we run away from it. If running nor fighting is an option, you freeze in the hope that the threat just passes you by.
When your fears are unfounded and spread into a general condition, it becomes an anxiety disorder. You become constantly afraid even when there is no imminent danger or there isn’t any threat at all. Constantly, your mind is telling you that the discomfort or pain that you felt a long time ago is about to happen again.
Perhaps the reason why our fears turn into anxiety because our natural instincts to fight, run away, or freeze has not been able to keep up with the fast pace of change that happened in humans. In this age when we have greater access to a lot of information, our minds have been slow to react to things that we need not fear anymore. Hence, we are fearful or anxious about many things that shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.
Why We Stay Stuck
Even though we know that we are not supposed to be in the state of constant anxiety, our minds are still tricked by our natural instincts to protect ourselves in situations that do not even call for it. We know that it is irrational to have overly anxious or worrisome thoughts. Yet we persist in doing it because we have built our anxiety in such a way that we are blinded from seeing the actual cause is nothing to be afraid of.
It may be possible that your constant anxiety or fear stems from a previous experience. It could also be something that you may have seen happen to others. What you want is that you do not want to experience the same thing to happen to you.
When you always feel vulnerable, you feel that every event or situation will put you in a great amount of danger. And when that “danger passes” you feel that you almost did not make it out and that gives you some sense of safety in doing what you did. So this will trick your mind into doing just about everything to assure your “safety”.
Getting Out Of It
Getting over the feeling of constant anxiety is quite difficult if it has been your coping mechanism for almost anything. It is especially hard to get over your fears if you think that whatever you do to overcome it only makes it worse.
Fortunately, there have been great strides made in the field of mental health. There are now tools for psychologists and psychiatrists to gauge whether you may be suffering from anxiety disorders or not. Therapy treatments have been developed specifically to combat anxiety disorders and they have had great results.
The greatest help that could be given to those who suffer from constant anxiety is the support from everyone around them. Getting over that crippling anxiety disorder is much easier when they feel that there is someone they can turn to and that they are not alone in their fight.