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Life Is Anxiety

Fear is the number one reason why we are alive today. We owe our lives to fear. It reminds us to be afraid of predators, fear of being controlled, fear of going hungry, fear getting sick so we act accordingly, and the list goes on. 

There is no doubt however, that when the worry of these natural fears disappear our mind compensates those by creating irrational invasive fears. In other words, the human brain is adapting to our new age in human evolution. Where the fear of illness is much less severe than it was 2000 years ago, or the fear of going hungry much less apparent to those of us in the western world.

We are the result of massive changes developing in the world around us. The stimulation of our mind on a daily basis is outpacing the brains capacity to filter it all. Which is why at night when we sleep we are bombarded with negative imagery we have absorbed from the day. Such as Freddy Kruger on late night TV or from the talk of war on the news. Our minds are naturally programmed to have SOMETHING to fear.

It is important that you understand this part as well:

The brain and body CAN become addicted to the flow of adrenaline in the body. Because when the "fight or flight" response is triggered, this was natures way of burning off the fear-inducing agent from our bodies. But since we cannot shake the adrenaline it just sets their giving us the full blast of psychological stress with no way to release it. 

Just as those that sky-dive love the thrill of getting the adrenaline rush in their bodies to the point where landing creates a sense of ultimate joy for life.

Normally, if you were in front of a hungry grizzly bear your brain would immediately go into "fight or flight" and only if you somehow subdued the creature would you gain relief from the anxiety. BECAUSE the process of fighting/subduing or running/escaping would pinch out all of the current adrenaline from the body, giving you a sense of relief. It would be this relief letting you know that the danger is gone and life may continue.

So, now what? What can I do about this?

I am going to give you a list of things that will help you IMMENSELY:

- Reduce time on internet usage (Youtube, Facebook, etc)

- Reduce time playing video games (they are fun, but they also provoke anxiety)

- Cut out caffeine entirely!

- Pick up reading. The process of trying to read trains your brain to concentrate better.

- TRY meditation (You've tried this before, or heard of it, just do it. Proven to be effective in halting anxiety)

- Pick up dancing or running (or any other exercise routine. This will diminish your adrenaline reserves and make you feel good)

- Get a hobby you enjoy and stick with it! (Takes your mind off of focusing inwardly all the time.)
 
- Try to keep from filling your head with negative stimuli. (ie. horror movies, disturbing content, online drama or fights, etc)

- Yes, this one is weird. Abstain from ************ frequently. For men, this has an especially draining effect. Too frequent and anxiety follows shortly after because satisfaction is reduced, therefore tempting increased need for release.

- Eat healthier. Lots of fruits and veggies, less meats, more low-car foods, less sugars and starches.

- When feeling anxious, immediately point face upward, as if looking on an angle towards the sky. It helps open up the conscious mind to the associated stimulus that comes with (sky, feeling up, high, above, happy, light, etc)


I hope this can give some of you an alternative and down to earth explanation of this individual condition known as Anxiety. 

If you have any questions message me or comment below.

Keep your chin up.
MrCthulhu MrCthulhu 18-21, M 6 Responses Apr 24, 2012

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I hike two miles uphill and it has been the most exhilarating experience for my anxiety. I feel empowered when I do so. I need to start eating healthier than I'll be in a better place. Sleep escapes me though. Thank you for the tips.

thanks a lot!

Don't forget SLEEP! We need consistent, adequate sleep in order to keep things at bay.

Thank you for posting this.

No problem! It will always get better, you know it. Just fight the reason not the reactions! :)

I have to politely disagree with a lot of what you are saying. Whilst your list of things to help reduce anxiety is correct, it is nothing new (though the ************ one is) and is well known and well circulated in one form or another, it's your reasoning behind anxiety that doesn't sit well with me.



The fear of going hungry and the fear of illness really is a real fear to many people, yes, even in the western world. Many of my colleagues are suffering an array of conditions that get worse by the day because they cannot afford to take the time off work to rest, recuperate, and get better again. They know it will eventually lead to them being unable to work or to an early grave, but the minimum wage job that we have means we can't necessarily afford to live any other way but from day to day, making sure our immediate needs are met for survival right now, and unable to put away anything for the future should illness or unemployment strike.



We have a welfare state here in the UK, but it only stretches so far. I have lived below the bread line before and to be fair I'm not that far above it right now either... I really do fear with all my heart ever going back there. The only reason I am not there now is because I busted my lady balls to claw out of it, there is no safety net, no security.



As for predators, every out of work graduate is a predator to me. My boss, as lovely as she is, is a predator. I know how easily I can be replaced if I **** up at work. I know I am damn lucky to have my job, however lowly it is, and that there are hundreds out there just queuing up for the chance to take it.



No, it is not Freddy Krueger that makes me anxious, nor caffeine nor the internet. It is my very real fear that I am always one accidental break of a bone or one mistake at work or one more mental breakdown from having everything I've worked for taken away from me and being thrust into a situation where I can only afford to live on potatoes and packet noodles again, which in turn can only exacerbate the problems faced in the first place (not much in the way of healthy eating if you can't afford food). And for many, though not all, I imagine this too is where a lot of their anxiety is really derrived from. We may not have grizzly bears to fear, but we have the tax man, the debt collector and yes, going hungry even in the western world, to run away from, but no where to run.

Before you completely disagree, discover what it is that makes you anxious. Obviously you are quite passionate about your perception of anxiety over the validity of others. I merely put this out there because, I too suffered from severe anxiety, and I believe it helped me.

Yes it is nothing new. But what is new? Are you hoping for a new secret set of words to come along in which reading it dispels anxiety?

If you find it, let us know, in the mean time I don't think a little reassurance and balance would prove to provoke anxiety. Therefore, I'd assume that I am trying to help.

Also, you are setting your disagreement as if humanity has always existed in this state. That there could possibly be no error in brain evolution that would prompt the inability to deal with anxiety.

It is a mechanism Nyumi, not a parasite. It does not feed off of your happiness and joy, you feed it. It is insatiable. Meaning, it will never stop consuming your life. Unless you discover why it is happening and what are the changes you need to make.

I would never be mad at you Nyumi for having to disagree. Perhaps you still do, and I am sorry. I'm sorry that you seem to suffer under a weight that seems to heavy to bear. That you wake up day in-day out with the most obscure confusing feelings about your life. That when you are at your worst and you seek help it seems that no one in the world understands you.

We give ourselves no room to grow or expand in this condition. It withers us down until we are a pile of goo in its hands. But there are things that a human being can do to reduce anxiety; some of them I have given.

Because our countries are free countries you may choose freely your avenue of help. I have just offered my help. There is no cure, there is only change.

Have a good day.

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