At one time or another in our life, something is going to cause most of us anxiety. Not every person will handle a situation the same way, nor will they react similarly. How you handle what life throws your way could make a huge difference in your health and happiness. So what do you do when faced with an anxiety producing situation?
People turn to a myriad of methods to cope with anxiety. Some take medication, while others might try exercise or a hot bath to blow off steam and relax. And then there are those who use less productive means like substance abuse or binge eating. These methods — even the healthy ones — might help alleviate many of the symptoms of anxiety, yet they do little to correct the actual root cause of the problem.
Holistic and natural health practitioners typically seek the root cause of an illness and work from there, rather than mask symptoms with pharmaceuticals.
What you may not know is that much of your anxiety is actually self-produced — yes, you read that correctly.
You may blame your job, your family or your circumstances for your distress, but the reality is how you perceive anything in your life is entirely up to you.
Here are types of faulty-thinking that might be the root cause of your anxiety and dragging you down:
1. Negative self-talk.
Leading behavioral researchers have found that up to 77% of everything you think and say to yourself is negative and counterproductive. This undoubtedly has consequences.
Take Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water crystal experiment as an example. Dr. Emoto studied the effects of different words on crystalline structures of water. Water exposed to the positive phrase “love and gratitude” produced beautiful snowflake-like crystalline structures, whereas the phrase “you fool” created jagged, asymmetrical structures. This is nothing to sneeze at when you consider that over 60% of your body is made of water.
2. Unrealistic expectations.
Do you expect everyone to remember your name or your birthday? Do you expect your spouse to say the right thing at the right time, all the time? Your expectations about life and the world around you may be too high.
The truth is that not everyone is going to remember your birthday and your spouse isn’t always going to say exactly what you want him or her to say. Expecting that your spouse will always be perfect is an unreasonable expectation and only sets you up for disappointment.
Your mind is programmed to believe whatever it is told the most. So if you constantly engage in negative self-talk, expect too much of yourself and others, believe that you “should” do something in order to feel good about yourself or worry that everyone has it out for you — well, my friend, your brain will simply act out accordingly.
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