One Cause of Anxiety Attacks

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ANXIETY ABOUT ANXIETY IS META-ANXIETY

One Cause of Anxiety Attacks

Simple. Anxiety. Although there are different reasons for Anxiety, there is only one cause of Anxiety Attacks. The cause is Anxiety!

In autumn of the year, near Halloween, we know Thanksgiving and Christmas with family gatherings are coming soon. For some this causes as much anxiety as joy!

The Anxiety that builds due to expectations of events or possible conversations is dread that is Meta Anxiety. This high Anxiety fearing Anxiety Attacks is Anxiety about Anxiety and it is Meta Anxiety!

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BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF.

When you learn a new way of looking at a problem like Meta-Anxiety, it is a good time to stop and encourage yourself. The problem may have a new definition and a new name, but how does it affect you personally?

Your problem hasn’t become more intense, you simply have a new way to explain how you are feeling. Clearly stated, now you understand your problem better!

Meta-Anxiety falls under the designation of expected Anxiety. Once you learn the ways you can slow and stop this form of Anxiety.

Cure or Treat the Symptoms

Anytime I speak of Curing Anxiety, I am speaking of General and Common Anxiety. There are some Types of Anxiety that are biological in nature. For those, I suggest treating symptoms to achieve relief. Of course, these Types of Anxiety may produce Meta-Anxiety as well.

Treating the symptoms for maximum relief is sensible in all cases. Until you can find the cure that works for you, and there is no silver bullet that works for everyone, treat the symptoms. Also in all cases, get a diagnosis from a medical professional you trust.

You need to know which Type of Anxiety you have as you begin treating the symptoms:

  • confusion
  • nervousness
  • shaking
  • dilating pupils
  • pectoral muscle spasm
  • high and low blood pressure
  • sudden intense fear
  • inability to concentrate
  • breathlessness
  • choking
  • fainting
  • and this is a limited list.

Distract From Anxiety by ‘Grounding’

One of the best ways to alleviate the cause of Anxiety Attacks is Grounding. The act of focusing the five senses on the world around you to distract from Anxiety is Grounding.

If you are starting an Anxiety Attack, try listening and note two things you can hear.

Then, what can you smell? The scent is our strongest sense! Upon trying you may smell two or three scents.

Look around yourself. Not in fear, but to pick something you want to see! And look at it! Ground yourself in this way. When you go to an event giving you Meta-Anxiety, Ground yourself when you arrive!

If you are at an event where there is food offered, you can use your sense of taste to Ground yourself. Sometimes Anxiety causes its sufferer to have nausea, but Grounding calms your Anxiety and your stomach.

Cause of Anxiety Attacks Summary

I do not know what Type of Anxiety you have, or how severe it is for you. Some people deal with anxious thoughts on a daily basis. For some of us, this has been crippling in that we could not go out in public places or even family events! There is hope for you.

Hope that was not there even five years ago. There has been a shift in Psychology from blame-based to learning to love yourself. Be aware, of course, there are many of those who still use blame-based therapy.

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All calls are confidential.

Learning To Love Yourself

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If your mind is filled with Bad Messages and anxious thoughts try to learn Good Messages for yourself! Read them, and think about them!

Change “I’m not worth anything!”
To “I’m enough, just as I am!”

Main Cause of Anxiety Attacks

In summary, the main cause of anxiety attacks is High Anxiety. There can be many reasons for the foundational Anxiety. One of the more troubling symptoms of Anxiety is anxious thoughts with Bad Messages!

Changing Bad Messages to Good Messages is something that shows improvement in your health. It leads to more peace in your thinking and a better outlook on those around you. When you are constantly “telling yourself” you are not enough, you feel like others think the same way.

Maybe they don’t! What if you are the one not giving you a chance?

Anxious Thoughts and Broken Records

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? I want to share with my Readers this article by Barry McDonagh, an international panic disorder coach.

Anxious Thoughts and Broken Records

Have you ever noticed that anxious thoughts are like a broken record?

I know with Ipods etc. it’s a bit outdated to be using a record analogy here but it works well to illustrate a key point about anxious thoughts.

Remember when a record got scratched it made a very unpleasant sound and caused the needle to get stuck on the same groove.

The same one line would play over and over again ad nauseam until you picked up the needle and moved it past the scratch.

Anxious thoughts are bit like this. You might be happily going about your day and then something triggers an anxious thought.

The worry the thought creates sends an unpleasant shock wave through your nervous system. (The scratch on the record).

Then once you start reacting to the anxious thought it is hard to stop thinking about it over and over again. (The needle stuck in a groove)

The repetitive anxious thought can last minutes, hours , days depending on how upset you become by the thought.

I want to share with you a quick technique to jump out of this anxious groove. This technique is you learning how to pick up the record needle and move it past the scratch.

Here it is:

1, Observe 2, Trust 3, Move

Observe the anxious thought and label it. Say

“Oh there is fear X again, imagine that”

Try your very best to not get sucked into reacting emotionally to the thought.

Then

Trust that what you are worrying about will in all probability never come about. Almost all the anxious thoughts we have are a complete waste of our energy.

Trust that things will work out fine.

Joseph Cossman said “If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.”

If you are religious/spiritual then hand your anxious thought over to a higher power. Trust that there is nothing to fear and you will be looked after.

Trust and let it go.

“Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway. ” ~Mary C. Crowley

Lastly,

Move your attention elsewhere. Focus on something positive that takes your mind out of the anxious groove.

Replace the anxious thought with a positive thought. You are not trying to suppress the anxious thought, you are simply moving your attention elsewhere. To continue the record analogy, you pick the record needle up (your attention) and move it out of the groove it was caught in.

If you are engaged in an activity then move your attention fully there. Be 100% present in the moment.

If you are walking focus on the surroundings, if you are driving observe all the sights and sounds. If you are with someone focus all your attention on them.

By moving your attention into the present moment there is no room for anxious thoughts to dominate your mind.

Play around with both moving your attention to positive thoughts or into the present moment. Different people find one or the other is easier to accomplish. The key thing is to move your mind out of the anxious groove and put you back in your natural flow.

So to sum up remember O.T.M.

Observe, Trust, Move

It takes a bit of practice but as long as you remember the above 3 steps you will be able to dramatically eliminate anxious thoughts from your day.

To learn more about how to end panic attacks and general anxiety fast then

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Barry McDonagh

All material provided is for informational or educational purposes only. No content is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician regarding the applicability of any opinions or recommendations with respect to your symptoms or medical condition

Janice Fox-Henley.AnxietyReliefCoach
Janice.CuringAnxiety@Gmail.com

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