Everyone experiences anxiety from time to time – it is a normal human emotion, after all. We feel nervous or anxious at work, before a big exam or when making crucial decisions in our life.
For some, however, anxiety goes beyond being just a passing feeling. Instead, it causes such great distress that affects their ability to live a normal life. This is when anxiety becomes a disorder.
Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
However, the good news is that no matter what the reason of anxiety is, one can manage or handle it effectively. Conversely, if ignored, anxiety can become devastating and unmanageable.
HIGH LEVELS OF ANXIETY AND STRESS CAN SHORTEN LIFESPAN BY UP TO SIX YEARS
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CAUSES OF ANXIETY
The exact cause of anxiety disorders is still unknown, but has been linked to chemical imbalances in the brain, as well as environmental stressors – or a combination of the two.
There are many external factors that may contribute to anxiety. These include: stress from school, stress in a personal relationship, stress at work, financial stress, stress that results from an emotional trauma such as the loss of a loved one, victimization by crime, a natural disaster, sexual disorder, viewing pornography, side effects of medication, stress form a serious illness, intoxication with an illicit drug like amphetamines or cocaine, noticing symptoms of a severe medical illness, and lack of oxygen (as a result of emphysema, pulmonary embolism, altitude sickness).
Ayurveda states that to be free from anxiety the emotional state as well as the mental state of a patient must be balanced and should be in equilibrium. The reason behind the anxiety disorders in Ayurveda is the unhealthy adaptation of physical and mental type leading into the mental imbalance. The improper diet and life style that leads the disturbed state of mind causes the negative feelings that overwhelm the mind.
ANXIETY AS ILLNESS
Research on the physiology of anxiety-related illness is still young, but there is growing evidence of mutual influence between emotions and physical functioning. Yet anxiety often goes unidentified as a source of other disorders, such as substance abuse or physical addiction that can result from attempts to quell feelings of anxiety and it is often overlooked in chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or migraine headache.
Nearly two-thirds of the estimated 57 million adults with anxiety disorders are women. What people with these disorders have in common is unwarranted fear or distress that interferes with daily life. Anxiety also plays a role in somatoform disorders, which are characterized by physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, weakness, or dizziness that have no apparent physical cause.
Anxiety has now been implicated in several chronic physical illnesses, including heart disease, chronic respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions. When people with these disorders have untreated anxiety, the disease itself is more difficult to treat, their physical symptoms often become worse, and in some cases they die sooner.
THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EFFECTS OF ANXIETY
Whether in small doses or in larger amounts with an anxiety disorder, anxiety can cause multiple physical symptoms. Many of the effects of anxiety on the body can make the patient feel ill.
Occasionally, the physical effects of anxiety can be really inconvenient and embarrassing. For example, a businessman anxious about meeting people may find that his palms are damp with perspiration, and this can make personal introductions and shaking hands into an ordeal. (If you shake hands with someone whose palms are sweating, you know he is anxious - and it simply isn't very pleasant, anyway).
Anxiety can have an effect on both your body and your mind.
Anxiety can make you more fearful, alert, on edge, irritable, and unable to relax or concentrate. You may feel an overwhelming desire to seek the reassurance of others, to be weepy and dependent.
The way you think can be affected. If you fear that the worst is going to happen, you may start to see everything negatively and become very pessimistic. For example, if a friend is late, you may imagine and worry that he or she has had an accident or does not want to see you; even though your friend may simply be late because their train was delayed.
EMOTIONAL STRATEGIES CAN INFLUENCE ANXIETY
New research findings suggest that the way emotions are regulated can influence if or how much a person may suffer from anxiety. Those who engage in an emotional regulation strategy called reappraisal also tended to have less social anxiety and less anxiety in general than those who avoid expressing their feelings. (Emotion, published online May 13, 2013) Read more….
CONTROLLING ANXIETY - HOW TO COOL THE FIRE
As you may have discovered from your own experience, anxiety can develop almost anywhere and at any time.
Treating anxiety is possible. For successful anxiety treatment it is important to use a variety of techniques and find out which ones are effective for you. No single technique will work for everyone. Often the healing process does take time. With stress and anxiety, healing is not something that you do once and then are finished. Usually symptoms are recurrent. They go away for a while and then come up again.
Diet and lifestyle changes are vital in bringing anxiety under control.
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MORE TIPS TO COMBAT ANXIETY
If you really want to effectively manage your anxiety, the key is to accept it. This might sound counterintuitive. But anxiety, “in and of itself,” is not the real problem. Instead, it is our attempts at controlling and eliminating it. Not accepting these unwanted inner experiences is the actual source of so much of our self-induced suffering.
Accepting anxiety does not mean “resigning ourselves to a life of anxious misery. It simply means that we are better off recognizing and fully accepting the existence of anxiety and other uncomfortable emotional states that are inevitable, but transitory.
So if you experience anxiety today, simply observe it. Think of it like a wave of the ocean, allow it to come in, experience it, and ride it out.
VEDAS OFFERS SOLUTION TO FIGHT ANXIETY
The Vedas in their inimitable mantras and chants offer a wide variety of solutions to overcome stress, anxiety and depression. It puts the senses directly in touch with the source of energy, which directly powers the senses, the senses power the mind there by canalizing the mind in the right direction, to think right, and do things right. It brings clarity of thought and sets it to do constructive action and work, thereby increasing self- confidence and self worth.
Listen to the Vedic chants from “Eliminate Stress, Anxiety and Depression” cd from Ojas Foundation. The Vedic mantras in this cd are specifically chosen to help fill your mind with the right energy which eventually leads to clarity of thoughts.
The mantras seep into the mind and remove the root cause of stress, anxiety and depression and builds and fills the mind with right form of energy, which helps the individual to realize the presence of the 'Atman' the self which leads to the realization of the 'Being' or the oneness with the 'Paramatman'.
Ojas Foundation also offers anxiety reduction program where issues relating to anxiety are addressed and solutions given under expert guidance.
In our Anxiety reduction program
We help you to reduce anxiety by identifying
Our class features consists of techniques like:
Anxiety can feel overwhelming. It can feel like chains around your feet, weighing you down but by taking small steps – like the ones above – you can minimize your anxiety and cope effectively.
When the mother’s body need to adapt to the growing baby and changing hormones, discomfort is inevitable. With strengthening of muscles and willful acceptance you can cope with the demands of the body.
Hypertension, headache due to congestion, very weak abdominal muscles.
Lie on the floor close to a wall so that the buttock is against the wall. Slowly start raising the legs along the length of the wall. Relax and breathe normally.
Helps to get rid of varicose veins.
Indigestion, lack of appetite and constipation can be prevented.
Gives the benefit of headstand.
Can be practiced for postnatal stages.
Good for the internal organs of abdominal cavity
Pain on the knee. Severe back pain or stiffness at groin.
Lie on the floor with legs folded at knee. Keep the lower back on the floor. Relax the knees on either side naturally. Release arms towards head side. Normal breathing.
Stimulates abdominal organs like the ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys
Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation. Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
Helps relieve the symptoms of stress, mild depression, menstruation and menopause.
High or low blood pressure, severe headache, serious lower back or neck injury
Lie down on your back. Stretch your legs pointing the toes. Taking support of the palms under your thigh, lifting the chest up, place the crown of the head on the floor. Release the arms on your thighs.
Improves functioning of lungs and abdominal organs. Back and neck muscles also get strengthened.
Appendicitis, hernia, delicate lower abdomen.
Lie on your abdomen. Take both palms under respective thigh, rest the chin on the floor and raise the legs using abdominal and thigh muscles. Rhythmic breathing.
Helps to relieve back pain during menstrual cycles. Muscles of waist and abdomen are strengthened. Cures constipation. Curative and preventive for sciatica and lumbago
Severe backache, neck ache, stomachache, knee pain or abdominal disorders
Sit in vajrasana. Hold both palms at your lower back. Lifting the chin slightly, start bending from your waist so to release forehead on the floor or relax the head wherever it is convenient.
Helps to regain elasticity of the muscles after child birth. Constipation gets reduced. Large intestine gets the most of the benefit. Helps to cure lumbosacral pain.
Severe neck ache, back ache, pain in the abdomen, appendicitis.
Lie flat on the floor with your arms by your side. With exhalation lift both of your legs straight in the air keeping the knees straight. At the same time lift your upper body from the ground with your arms stretched out towards your legs.
Hold the posture until you feel your muscles getting tired and slowly place your body back onto the floor.
Naukasana strengthens belly muscles and thigh muscles.
Beneficial for kidneys, thyroid gland and prostate glands.
Spondylosis, slip disc, lumbago, sciatica(when in pain),abdominal pain
Stand and keep the spine straight. without bending at the waist let the right upper arm come near the right ear keeping the equilibrium. Repeat on the other side. Rhythmic breathing.
Lung capacity increases and a preventive against TB. Reduces fat around waist and abdomen. Corrects pain due to faulty postures while walking or standing.
Pain in joints (knees, ankles, wrist)
Sit in vajrasana. Take your palms on the floor behind your back. Fingers Â toward toes.
Torso tilting backwards. Relax head and neck. Rhythmic breathing
Relieves gastric troubles.
Improves functions of digestive, excretory organs
Tone and elasticity of anterior muscles enhanced.