Anxiety varies on a spectrum. It’s not the same for everyone.
For some, it’s a constant, nagging feelings. Others are so sensitive to it, that a simple situation can be translated as an immediate threat, putting your brain on high alert—sending you into a fight or flight mode.
Anxiety is instinctive. It’s an automatic response. And sometimes, it can be crippling.
What Is Acute Anxiety?
Acute anxiety typically lasts for a shorter period. On the other hand, chronic anxiety is long term. It may also be accompanied with PTSD and other disorders that require professional help.
The perfect example of acute anxiety would be the feeling you get before going on a date with someone for the first time. You will only feel anxious during the date and the feeling will dissipate once you get home.
While it sounds harmless, the downside is that being anxious in the first place means you are anticipating something bad to happen.
The anxiety you experience before going to the movies or going out with someone is also called social anxiety.
Realigning Your Mind
The good part? You can harness this energy into something more positive and powerful.
If you think about it, most of the times you are anxious, you emerge safe and secure.
Realigning your mind using a few simple strategies can dramatically cut down chances of developing anxiety in the future. Here’s what you can do:
- If you are heading out on a date, consider all the common interests you share with the other person and how happy they make you. Ask yourself questions like:
- Why do I feel so happy meeting someone who is also interested in (music)?
- Why do I love the idea of meeting someone who loves music as much as I do?
- Head down the hall mirror. Smile at yourself and breathe slowly. Ask yourself why do you expect to enjoy yourself on this date?
- Try to think of activities like adventures. For example, many people who have dental anxiety consider the dentist as a person who may cause pain. However, modern dental clinics also use anesthetics for patients who are too anxious. This means the dentist is actually on your side; he has already planned a way to make the procedures pain free for you.
Every time we express a strong emotion, we put the mind in a hypnotic state.
Here is where you need to realign your mind by suggesting ideas as questions. In simpler words, tell yourself that things will go well; over time, you will successfully rewire your brain and bring it in line with the positive feelings.
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