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Anxiety- Good or Bad?

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Anxiety and stress might not be the most pleasant experiences but that’s only because of your negative perception of them. In fact, if you choose to use anxiety and stress in a proactive way they can actually help you perform, as well as make decisions in your life which are more likely to lead to your happiness.

This in turn will make you feel less anxious, not only in the moment but also in the long term. Now you might be asking yourself, how on earth do you actually go about using your anxiety in a more positive way?

The first step is to acknowledge that anxiety is inevitable however its effects are not. Anxiety shows that you care about what you’re doing and it’s when you forget about why you care that you start to struggle with the negative effects of stress.

Shawn Achor’s work with businesses has found that simply by embracing a stress is enhancing mindset can reduce fatigue symptoms  by 23% in one week.

If you learn to welcome anxiety rather than trying to suppress it you can use it in a better way. Stop stressing about stressing and don’t obsess over the negative effects stress can bring you.

A team of psychologists at Stanford University have identified a region of the brain, the anterior insula, which plays a key role in predicting harm and also learning to avoid it. In a new study, Gregory Samanez-Larkin and colleagues scanned the brains of healthy adults while they anticipated losing money

Adults with greater activation of their insula while anticipating a financial loss were better at learning to avoid financial losses in a separate game several months later. Conversely, participants with low levels of insula activation had a harder time learning to avoid losses and lost more money in the game as a result.

The findings, which appear in the April issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, point toward an optimal level of anxiety. While a healthy amount of anxiety grants some survival value, too much may lead to excessive worry and clinical conditions.  This may help to explain why anxious traits persist in humanity’s genetic endowment, even as environmental threats vary over the age.

n previous editions of DSM, anxiety disorders included obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as acute stress disorder. However, the manual now no longer groups these mental health difficulties under anxiety.

Anxiety disorders now include the following diagnoses:-

1. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) : This is a chronic disorder involving excessive, long-lasting anxiety and worries about nonspecific life events, objects, and situations.

2. Panic disorder : Brief or sudden attacks of intense terror and apprehension characterize the panic disorder. These attacks can lead to shaking, confusion, dizziness, nausea, and breathing difficulties.

3. Specific phobia : This is an irrational fear and avoidance of a particular object or situation. Phobias are not like other anxiety disorders, as they relate to a specific cause.

4. Agoraphobia : This is a fear and avoidance of places, events, or situations from which it may be difficult to escape or in which help would not be available if a person becomes trapped.

5. Selective Mutism : This is a form of anxiety that some children experience, in which they are not able to speak in certain places or contexts, such as school, even though they may have excellent verbal communication skills around familiar people. It may be an extreme form of social phobia.

Social anxiety disorder or Social Phobia : This is a fear of negative judgment from others in social situations or of public embarrassment.

Separation Anxiety Disorder : High levels of anxiety after separation from a person or place that provides feelings of security or safety characterize separation anxiety disorder.

Here are 8 simple ways to relieve stress and anxiety.
    1. Exercise. Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress.

2. Consider Supplements.

3. Light a Candle.

4. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake.

5. Write It Down.

6.Chew Gum.

7. Spend Time With Friends and Family.

8. Laugh.

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