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Posted on October 23rd, 2011 by Douglas Ellsworth
“How do I get rid of anxiety, depression and stress in my miserable life?” Do you often find yourself asking . . . uh, well, yourself this question?
If you do, if you are also often mulling over the notion,”What can stress cause?” or “Why do I feel anxiety and the blues?”, I want you to know that you are not alone. This is a very big club. However, the vast majority of the members do not know one another and may not even recognize another member on a random street corner.
Those of us (yes, I too, at least in the past, have been an intermittent member of this club; why I am no longer will become clear by the time you have finished this short missive) who ask that question — “How do I get rid of anxiety? — have posed the query with a variety of phrases, some of which are to the discerning mind not always necessarily all that grammatical, which is understandable given the nature of this predicament, all that tension and so forth. Following are a few of such phrases that people use on the Internet when looking for help with anxiety, stress and depression:
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I imagine you get the point. Rather than using the phrase, how do I get rid of anxiety, if you use one of the above-mentioned phrases, then you are probably looking for the same answer. Admittedly, life at times can be distressing, especially if you find yourself suddenly in an unfamiliar and uncomfortable situation with no apparent way out of it. When you are up to your neck in troubling despair, you just can’t stop thinking: “How do I Get Rid of Anxiety?” – or something similar.
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By asking yourself, “How do I get rid of anxiety?”, you may first be looking to find out exactly what the symptoms of anxiety are to be sure that this is what plagues you. Depending on what sort of anxiety a person who is asking her/himself, “How do I get rid of anxiety?”, is suffering from, there are a variety of symptoms, but in general they are the following:
- Anxious or racing thoughts
- Being unable to be still or at ease
- Cold or sweaty hands and/or feet
- Dryness of the mouth
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feeling nauseous
- Heart palpitations
- Muscle tension
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Out-of-control, obsessive thinking
- Repeated thoughts or flashbacks of traumatic experiences
- Ritualistic behaviors, such as repeated hand washing
- Sensations of fear, panic, and being unsettled
- Shortness of breath
How Do I Get Rid of Anxiety?
As part of a sturdy on the relationship between major life events and sickness conducted in 1967 at the University of Washington by Thomas Holmes and Richard Rahe, a chart was compiled on the main reasons for stress. The 43 causes of stress indicated on the chart in 1967 had increased to 55 causes by 2006. Apparently, society is coming up with an increasing number of reasons to get stressed out, with more and more individuals wondering, “How do I get rid of anxiety?”.
If you knew the leading causes of stress in your life, as opposed to asking yourself that question (How do I get rid of anxiety?), what action would you take to eradicate them? Can you get rid of anxiety and stress, or is it an inoperable condition that will be with you all of your life, possibly causing you extremely poor health and even your eventual death?
Therefore, instead of saying to yourself, “How do I get rid of anxiety and stress?”, you might first want to find out what your leading source of anxiety and stress actually is.
Most studies agree that finances are a leading cause of stress. In an online poll conducted in 2005 by LifeCare, Inc., 23% of respondents named finances as the leading cause of stress in their lives. Financial stress has led the list in many modern polls. People suffering from stress due to money problems are always worrying, “How do I get rid of anxiety with all these debts to pay?”, or “How do I get rid of anxiety and depression when there’s not enough money in the bank?”
Some who name finances as the leading cause of stress cite major purchases they have to make, such as a home or car. Others are stressed by a loss of income, or mounting credit card debt. For some, financial stress will eventuate in bankruptcy. While college students stress over paying for an education, Baby Boomers and older senior citizens find that retirement income can be a major cause of stress.
Closely tied to finances as a cause of anxiety is work. Jobs or careers seem to be an on-going source of stress. In the LifeCare poll, 21% of those responding listed this as the leading cause of stress and anxiety in life.
How is the workplace a cause of stress? People worry about getting and keeping adequate employment. They worry about new types of work or new responsibilities. Struggling to climb a career ladder, being overwhelmed by the demands. Work conditions may change, or interpersonal trouble at work may be driving you up the wall. Students, especially teenagers and college age people, often say that school work is a cause of stress. Sometimes, work stress is brought on by other individuals. Sometimes, you bring it on yourself.
Family, no matter how wonderful each member may or may not be, is also a leading cause of anxiety and stress. Arguments erupt with a spouse or other family members. Parents get divorced. Children marry, or maybe they don’t. The ebb and flow of family life is filled with stress. A child moves out, an aging parent moves in.
Family health is also a leading cause of stress. A sick family member, a serious injury, pregnancy, miscarriage, or abortion all cause anxiety. Family changes of other kinds bring stress, too, such as adoption, relocation, and job changes, which can cause stress for everyone in the family even though it only happens to one family member .
4. Personal Concerns
Personal concerns that are only indirectly created by others are another top cause of stress. Lack of control tops the list of personal concerns. Every human has a deep-seated desire for control over his or her own life. When control is weak or missing in a given area, you can experience stress and begin asking yourself, “How do I get rid of anxiety and depression?” To many people, a lack of control over their own time is a leading cause of stress. Holding a job, participating in neighborhood activities, driving family to soccer practices, shopping, and scout meetings while trying to keep the household running can create major stress. You would like to control your time, rather than let the demands of others control it, but it may seem as if it is impossible.
Being involved in legal proceedings that cause stress. Wrestling with a bad habit. Going through changes in general because personal change of any kind can be a cause of anxiety. The list of things that has you saying, “How do I get rid of anxiety?” goes on and on and on.
5. Personal Health and Safety
Most people find worries over personal health to be a leading cause of stress. For some, stress is linked to obesity and a desire to lose weight. For others, stress is some personal bad habit that affects health which must be changed. For example, smoking, abuse of alcohol or other drugs. Illness or injury, regardless of how serious, can be a leading cause of stress for many people. Personal health is more or less stressful according to the degree of seriousness and your personal outlook on health.
Personal safety is also a leading cause of stress and anxiety. Women, more than men, tend to stress about their safety and the safety of others. Adults tend to stress more than young people, who at times behave as if they are invincible. Crime is a factor, as is –
6. Personal Relationships
Whether it is a friendship, dating, separation, marriage, divorce, or re-marriage, a relationship can be a leading cause of stress for many. Everyone seems to want love in their lives, and although it certainly is potentially available in relationships, getting there can be very, very stressful and a major reason someone is asking that question, “How do I get rid of anxiety in my life?”, without fully comprehending why. Some people resort to online relationships that are easier to handle. Others withdraw and become recluses. Either way, the demands on time, finances and emotions can cause constant anxiety stress.
Probably the most wrenching cause of stress is the death of a loved one or close friend. Even the death of a pet can be stressful. Children are always a source of stress for parents, but when a child dies, the stress is overwhelming. The same is true when a lifetime spouse passes on.
Win or Lose
Causes of stress change as we age. The stressed child who threw tantrums becomes a young student, stressed by the school bully. The young student becomes a teenager, stressed by acne, hormones and dating. The teenager becomes a young adult trying to handle the stresses of leaving home, adjusting to college life and managing finances. Life progresses to first jobs, marriage, children and so on. Even if you move to a secluded cabin in the woods, stress can follow you, and you might just be siting there in your lonely log cabin all by yourself repeating over and over again, gnashing your teeth, staring desperately at the four walls getting closer and closer, the old house creaking and freaking you out, the howling of hungry wolves in the cold, dreary winter woods encroaching howl by howl, the wind in the trees sounding like the moaning of the dead, “How do I get rid of anxiety? How do I get rid of anxiety? How do I get rid of anxiety? HOW DO I GET RID OF ANXIETY!!??!”.
Gaining knowledge of the leading causes of stress is important. Using that knowledge to win over unhealthy anxiety is vital in order to stop thinking, “How do I get rid of anxiety?“
How do I get rid of anxiety?
You can take pills. You can go see a shrink. You can go for a walk on the beach as long as just getting to the beach doesn’t stress you out even more. Or you can sit at home with your headphones on and let brainwave entrainment make you a mellow person. And if you make it to the beach for that walk, use your MP3 or smart phone while safely manipulating your natural brainwave patterns into a healthy alpha state.
The video above features an example of brainwave entrainment. In this particular case, it uses both a binaural beat and an isochronic tone recording together and is intended for deep relaxation by increasing the dominance of delta brainwaves. It is not specifically designed to help deal with that question — How do I get rid of anxiety? However, it can definitely help you fall asleep, into a deep and peaceful sleep, during which your body produces some very advantageous brainwaves which themselves are associated with healthy neuro-chemicals in the brain that elevate your ability to withstand stress and anxiety.
There are also brainwave entrainment recordings that specifically target anxiety, stress and depression, however. Not to mention many, many other areas of existence, and they do this in a pain-free, easy-to-access manner. If you have never heard anything about brainwave entrainment before, you are about to enter a remarkable new phase in your life, one where you not only can stop fretting over that nagging question — “How do I get rid of anxiety?” — but also a world in which you can even increase the power of your mind. After you have spent a good amount of time playing around with brainwave entrainment, it may seem like some type of magic, but it is based on pure science. The true magic is what you can accomplish because of it and because of how it unleashes what is already in you, the magic of your own mind.
Go ahead and turn on the video. You can get even better results by listening to it with headphones or earphones. Listen to it while perusing Mind Power Mojo for the next hour, but don’t be surprised if you wake up later drooling with your face on your keyboard, feeling very, very sleepy. You should understand, however, that if you consistently put brainwave entrainment to work for you, you will soon enough not be fretting over that despairing entreaty:
How do I get rid of anxiety?
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