Recently mum phoned to say she was awaiting a much anticipated visit from a family member . Mum was so excited at the upcoming visit.Preparing her home, airing the spare room getting in extra shopping, baking biscuits and cakes. Looking forward to talking ,catching up on old times and “hearing all the news.” Unexpectedly and sadly for mum this lady bought her adult children as well.Seemingly mum’s house guest is so anxious she carries these young people where ever she goes. A sort of shield against the world.
Anxiety is the most common mental condition in Australia.
On average, 1 in 4 people – 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men – will experience anxiety. There are many types of anxiety, each consisting of a range of specific symptoms.This information taken from “Beyondblue website””
“On average, 1 in 6 people – 1 in 5 women and 1 in 8 men – will experience depression at some stage of their lives. There are different types of depression. Symptoms can range from minor (but still disabling) through to very severe.
The website beyondblue.com explains “The encouraging news is that there is a range of treatments, health professionals and services available to help with depression and anxiety, and there are many things that people with these conditions can do to help themselves.”
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States.
They affect 40 million adults, or 18% of the population.
Yes we can all feel anxious, and our self talk often is more destructive than we realise. we view life as overwhelming.
Nick Ottner writes life “It’s hurried, it’s busy, there’s one thing after another, each stacking up on top of the next, to the point where sometimes it’s hard to breathe.”
He goes on to explain “We have developed patterns, ways of being and thinking, that simply do not serve us and are not sustainable. These patterns are why we walk around feeling stressed, anxious, and uncomfortable.
They’re a large part of why we have trouble sleeping and why we can’t drop the weight we want to. They’re why we feel like there’s too much to do, like the stress will never end, and we can’t be present in the moment or enjoy our lives.
The good news: There is a way to change these patterns and let go of your stress and anxiety, process your negative emotions, and stop repeating negative patterns.”
Beyondblue.com explains “There are many things that people with these conditions can do to help themselves.”
I may be able to help with that:
- The simplest thing you can do right now is change your breathing pattern. When anxious we shorten our breath, go to shallow breaths or even stop breathing. Start now, just tell yourself quietly in your own head
“This breath is slower, this next breath is slower, this very next breath even slower.”
2. We know when we are anxious or tense, muscles tighten, breath shortens brain freezes.Firstly you can Relax anywhere.
Sit and imagine the sun on your shoulders and back. if that doesn’t work just feel your feet on the earth. Lift your shoulders and drop them. do that six times. You may need to do that many times through out your day. No one needs to know how tense you really are. Practise with small steps.
Begin by becoming more relaxed.Relaxation – proven to put a lilt in your step, and smile in your day. Let me talk you through the process.
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You can over come Anxiety and depression reach out for help now.