More and more people are dealing with anxiety, and it would be fair to say it’s a normal response to our current society.
Many people are also choosing medication to deal with anxiety. This is probably due to some doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists recommending it as the solution. But unless you have a neurodivergent condition or disorder, it may not be the best solution for you. Sometimes it’s like putting a Band-Aid on a broken leg and hoping it will go away, and sometimes it can actually make things worse.
Looking at the root causes of the anxious response can be difficult and unpleasant, but by being better informed about what is actually going on, it can assist you in improving and controlling anxiety.
During stressful situations our thoughts create emotional stories, which lead to physical responses. This is when a fight or flight , freeze or faun reaction occurs.
These emotional stories usually relate to feelings of being unable to cope or a lack of safety.
They are often remnants of experiences from childhood trauma, and the self protective responses developed at that time.
By having a perspective of observation during these stressful moments, we may be able to question the reasoning of our thoughts, and take pause before reacting with a default response.
There are easy things you can do to help, such as breathing and mindfulness, as well as physical movements, that will help lessen overwhelming reactions.
Working with a good therapist will also help uncover and resolve emotional triggers.
The aim is for you to discover the best solution for you.