How can anxiety be used to your advantage?

How can anxiety be used to your advantage?
How can anxiety be used to your advantage?

 

How can anxiety be used to your advantage?

My son was born with a heart defect. He needed open heart surgery and I was worried about his future. I knew that the outcome might not be good, but I also knew that a positive outcome was possible if I made the best choices.


It was very difficult to think of positive outcomes during such times, but I learned that I could also use my anxiety to energize myself. Despite worrying about an uncertain future, and knowing that my actions would affect the outcome, my anxiety kept me active in a desperate situation. I believe that mental stress is a weapon with which we can face the difficulties we face in life.

However, for many people, it creates a feeling of suffocation and is associated with bad feelings. I grew up in the 1980s when the word ‘stress’ was used to describe emotional distress. How are your wedding preparations going? Very good but I am stressed. How is your chemotherapy going? Pretty stressful but happening.

Today is the age of the word ‘anxiety’. Google Trends shows that since 2004, internet searches for this word have increased by 300%. And there is a reason for that. 31% of the US population suffers from it at some point in their lives which can manifest in various forms.

Beyond the medical diagnosis, this word has now become a part of our daily life and has become a substitute for stress. Often the use of this word negatives even the most trivial tasks, such as starting a new job.

But on the other hand, it has a clinical form that leads to disorders or mental problems including depression. Millions of people around the world are diagnosed with some disorder. Its rates among young people are increasing at an alarming rate despite the availability of many books, treatments, and scientific research.

 

The question is, why did these solutions that came up to reduce this problem fail?

How can anxiety be used to your advantage?
How can anxiety be used to your advantage?

 

As I read in the finest book, Future Tennis, one of the reasons for this failure is that mental health professionals like even the author, have unintentionally misled people into misunderstanding the issue. . The author has suggested a new way of living in the new century that you can use to your advantage.

Negative emotions such as anxiety have always been frowned upon as unnatural and destructive. The ancient Roman poet Horace described anger as short-lived madness two thousand years ago. But over the past 150 years, since Darwin’s book on the Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals, we have begun to better understand emotions such as anger, fear, and anxiety, and to know that they are more beneficial than dangerous. There are.

They are survival tools that have evolved over millions of years and are meant only for human survival for which they provide information and teach preparedness. Anxiety is the knowledge about an uncertain future that something bad is going to happen. But something good can happen. Corona test will be positive or negative, this wait. Or the anxiety of expecting a bitter conversation from the boss. However, this concern is not knowledge of existing dangers that are obvious. It’s called fear that teaches us to fight, that tells us to run away or to hold on. Anxiety, on the other hand, teaches us to be prepared so that we can not only avoid trouble in the future but also turn positive possibilities into reality.

Our brain works better when we are worried. It also sharpens our senses of reward and social connections so we know what to do, and who to meet. Seen from this point of view, these emotions, which are considered negative, are not destructive but a reason to live. However, scientific research related to this has not yet reached the public and most medical professionals are not aware of it. We treat it as an enemy at the door, when in fact it is our companion.

 

Anxiety is the knowledge about an uncertain future that something bad is going to happen, but something good can happen. Corona test will be positive or negative, this wait. Or the anxiety of expecting a bitter conversation from the boss. However, this concern is not knowledge of existing dangers that are obvious. It’s called fear that teaches us to fight, that tells us to run away or to stand up. Anxiety, on the other hand, teaches us to be prepared so that we can not only avoid trouble in the future but also turn positive possibilities into reality.

Our senses of reward and social connections so we know what to do, and who to meet. Seen from this point of view, these emotions, which are considered brain work better when we are worried. It also sharpens our negative, is not destructive but a reason to live.

These are survival tools that have evolved over millions of years and are intended solely for human survival, for which they provide information and teach preparedness.

Anxiety is the knowledge about an uncertain future that something bad is going to happen, but something good can happen. Corona test will be positive or negative, this wait. Or the anxiety of expecting a bitter conversation from the boss. However, this concern is not knowledge of existing dangers that are obvious. It’s called fear that teaches us to fight, that tells us to run away or to stand up. Anxiety, on the other hand, teaches us to be prepared so that we can not only avoid trouble in the future but also turn positive possibilities into reality.

Our brain works better when we are worried. It also sharpens our senses of reward and social connections so we know what to do, and who to meet. Seen from this point of view, these emotions, which are considered negative, are not destructive but a reason to live.

However, the scientific research related to this has not yet reached the public and most medical professionals are not aware of it. We treat it as an enemy at the door, when in fact it is our companion.

Although anxiety disorders can be crippling, the broad use of the term anxiety, in general, to mean a bad feeling is problematic because it makes us commit two kinds of mistakes. (a) Having anxiety or anxiety is dangerous and destructive. and (b) secondly, that the solution to his pain is to prevent or eliminate it. It’s a way of thinking that leads us to think of everyday anxiety as a fixable disorder. However, it falls under the category of anxiety disorder when extreme anxiety and our efforts to cope with it interfere with our daily lives and are recognized as mental health conditions. Conversely, feelings of anxiety should be considered healthy and normal. Even useful.

The ruthless logic of this disease metaphor requires us to take it a step further. As with other diseases, from infectious diseases to cancer, unless we suppress anxiety, we cannot be mentally healthy, just as the presence of a cancerous cell means we are sick.

This disease metaphor traps us instead of encouraging us because it causes us to treat normal anxiety as a disease and as soon as we have any anxiety or worry we try to suppress it like any other disease.

Unlike an infectious disease or cancer, trying to avoid and suppress anxiety will almost certainly exacerbate it, while at the same time preventing us from finding productive opportunities to cope and develop emotional resilience skills. . It’s a vicious cycle of anxiety, and it spirals out of control. We begin to perceive anxiety as dangerous, fear it, and ultimately run from it through stress and avoidance.

The damage done by the anxiety metaphor doesn’t stop there. It also prevents us from seeing that anxiety isn’t just something to keep calm and discipline. Anxiety is something that can be harnessed because it can prepare us to persevere, innovate, connect socially, and stay optimistic in times of uncertainty so we can build a better future. can make

 

But if anxiety has so many benefits, why does it feel so bad?

How can anxiety be used to your advantage?
How can anxiety be used to your advantage?

 

Anxiety must feel bad to do its job. Even the origin of the word itself is derived from ancient Latin and Greek words meaning suffocated, painfully confined, and uncomfortable, all of which reflect an unpleasant feeling.

Only something so unpleasant can make us consistently sit up and take notice and effectively demand that we work harder to avoid future danger and take a more positive path. Yet most of us avoid and ignore this useful emotion, to our detriment. Think of anxiety as a smoke alarm that is a warning of a house fire and requires us to take action. Consider what would happen if instead of running out of the house and calling the fire department when we saw the smoke, we ignored it removed the battery, or avoided places in the house where the alarm was loud. So instead of taking advantage of the alarm, putting out the fire, and preventing future fires, we just hope and pray that the house is saved from burning down.

However, we cannot ignore the role of unrelenting stress and adversity. Sometimes life does not leave us and in such situations, any of us can feel intense and overwhelming anxiety. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to understand our anxiety and see what it is telling us and how we can use it to our advantage for the wisdom it holds. And that’s the first step toward learning to worry properly.

 

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Shifting the mindset in this direction has a powerful positive effect. For example, a Harvard University study showed that when socially anxious people were asked to perform a truly stressful task that involved giving a speech in front of a panel of judges and having time to prepare for it, they were also taught to think of their anxiety response as being ready to face a challenge (rather than a stress signal), so they performed better under pressure. They were more confident, less anxious, and had steadier heart rates and lower blood pressure when they were focused and engaged.

Coping with anxiety is often the key to healing. Take the example of research on combat veterans who reduce their risk of developing PTSD by paying more attention to distracting rather than distracting information. Or consider heart transplant patients who require fewer days in the hospital while waiting for a heart transplant and are more likely to qualify for a transplant because they are less anxious. There is a possibility.

Learning to worry properly means finding ways to work through it rather than around it, harnessing and channeling anxiety to accomplish goals, knowing that anxiety is not useful, and practicing abandoning it. Consider the aspect of this virtuous cycle of anxiety that has three parts: listen, take advantage, and let go.

listen Anxiety helps us increase our focus and desire to narrow the gap between where we are now and where we should be. This is why anxiety contains hope—we can see the dangers of the future, but also keep our eyes on the prize and believe that we can work to make good outcomes a reality.

But to reap the benefits of anxiety, it has to experience anxiety so that we sit up, pay attention, and listen to what it’s telling us. Fearful feelings that cannot be ignored also force us to turn away. That’s why curiosity is our best ally when it comes to listening to anxiety.

Leveraging: 

Finding useful information within anxiety prepares us to direct and direct our energies toward working toward goals and achieving goals. Taking time to think about a goal improves mood, focus, and learning. These benefits may last for months or years.

 

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