Who, in their life, has never experienced some type of stress, worry, and anxiety? In the right setting and in balance, anxiety is actually essential for your wellbeing. It is the energy that propels you towards taking action. Imagine a life without any anxiety at all! Would you finish your projects? Would you even start them? Would you study for your exams? You probably would procrastinate everything and live quite happily in your comfort zone and achieve none of your goals. In the right quantities, anxiety is good for you. The problem arises when it gets out of balance. The right amount of anxiety propels you to take action, but too much of it can paralyze you with the fear of failure and eventually result in sickness and dis-ease.
It is normal to feel stress in many stages of our lives. There are times in life when tensions and anxieties become too much, and you feel its effects on your body, mind, and all parts of your life. At such times, it can become debilitating. Stress and anxiety may be due to various traumatic experiences you went through:
- You may have been involved in a violent incident.
- You may have survived an abusive relationship.
- You may be grieving the loss of a loved one.
- You may be living in a war-torn country.
- A very close relationship may have fallen apart.
Living with constant unresolved stress, worry and anxiety can be detrimental to your whole being. The effects of stress can manifest in many different and even, seemingly unrelated ways.
- Your ability to take decisions is severely stunted because you are not able to think clearly, you tend to see only the negative sides of things.
- You suffer from anxiety disorders, get depressed, startle easily, are afraid of losing control, passing out and are afraid of being alone.
- You are painfully self-conscious and are overly concerned about what people think about you and may even avoid going out, meeting people and suffer a loss of confidence.
- You lose sleep and appetite, get constant headaches, feel un-explained pains in the body, feel cold or chilled and are always tired.
- You may develop unhealthy habits like smoking, taking drugs, binge drinking or go on un-controllable shopping sprees, etc. and start neglecting your well-being and responsibilities.
- You may have trouble falling asleep, wake up in the middle of the night with racing thoughts, get nightmares or have troubled sleep.
- You get angry very easily and find it difficult to control your temper. You become easily frustrated and irritated easily.
Yes; constant stress, worry, and anxiety can do all this and more to you. According to a recent survey, two-thirds of the population suffers from stress-induced diseases. Relaxation activities like listening to music, watching a movie, massages, taking a walk; or taking the help of relaxation products like spa treatments, aromatic oils, relaxation CDs, all provide momentary relief; a temporary escape, however, they do not provide an actual cure for stress, worry, and anxiety.
Whatever levels of worry, stress, and anxiety you’re currently experiencing, you can take steps to take charge now and come out victorious. Remember, all great things start with your desire to change your status quo and the belief that it’s possible. All you need is to make up your mind now to start taking responsibility and get lasting help to enable you not only function but achieve your goals of living a happy, positive and successful life.