The Anxiety Epidemic (Medication Isn’t The Only Answer)
We all have experienced anxiety. The pounding heart, the racing thoughts, the tight belly, tense muscles, and shallow breath. Anxiety is a low-grade panic that can, in a second’s notice, become a full-blown panic attack. This underlining rumbling of fear walks with you everywhere, contaminating your moments, coloring your perspective, and deadening your expression and joy.
Anxiety disorders are the most comment mental illness in the U.S.
With over 40 million Americans over the age of 18 being effected by anxiety, it’s clear that this is not an uncommon issue. Of the many types of anxiety disorders, General Anxiety Disorder is by far the most common and is often diagnosed alongside another illness like depression.
Most of us don’t even notice it because we are so used to living with it. We accept it, like we do our shadow. On the other hand, many of us have this constant companion screaming so loud that it disrupts our ability to do the simplest things. Now we’re talking medications, sleeping pills, food, substances, and other addictions. All aimed to try to quiet down the constant torment of anxiety. Anxiety has another face, depression. These two are the two sides of the same coin. Living in constant fear is depressing and on the other hand, suffering from deep hurt and insecurities bring about fear. It is a see-saw.
Many books and articles have been written about the subject. All I would like to say today is that what I observe is a tendency to opt for medication and some behavior modifications like avoiding certain foods that stimulate like coffee or black tea, changing environments to less stressful ones, ect.
I would like to see more people making the choice of looking deeper.
The truth is that almost all of us suffered frightening and stressful situations as young kids. At that point, we did not have any tools or awareness to help ourselves. All we could do is deal with the emotional impact by burying it. Since feelings can be buried, but they do not die, these emotional imprints stay ingrained in one’s psyche. We are actually suffering a form of PTSD.
From their hiding place deep within us, these pockets of fear and pain send signals to our nervous system. There are constant, subtle messages of, “life is not safe…we need to watch out for painful incidents…we got to make sure we’re ok…not sure we can do that…ect”. It is not like we say that consciously to ourselves, but our nervous system, our internal organs, and our muscles are being bombarded by the silent screams of our unresolved pain/fear hidden storage.
I believe in going within and tapping into these hidden emotions, releasing, and shifting them.
I have done that with clients for the last 26 years with great success. And what is more important is that I have done that with myself. I had very painful, frightening, storage of unresolved emotions as a young person. At the age of 29, as a result of a break up in a relationship, I made a commitment to release and heal these places within me. It took a bunch of years and dedicated effort, but I achieved a state of freedom from my painful past. You can do that too.
Ultimately, we all want to be free from the shackles of fears, hurts, and insecurities.
Find the courage to do this internal work so that you can claim your true sense of self. Eventually letting go of the crutches of medications, substances, and the shackles of constant insecurity. There are many ways of going within that are offered as an answer to anxiety, I recommend that you start your journey and have a free consultation with me.
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