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Why is anxiety so often our default reaction to situations? It’s because anxiety is hard-wired into our brains to help us survive. We can’t get rid of it and wouldn’t want to. We just want to calm ourselves down when there’s no need for a “flight-or-fight” response. But anxiety thinking habits are embedded deep within the brain and won’t yield without conscious work and practice.
So here are 13 small decisions, along with suggested action steps, that your conscious brain can choose to make. Try the ones you think would work for you, and heave a sigh of relief as your excess anxiety ebbs away.
Brené Brown explores our need to always feel productive and how it can hinder a healthy lifestyle. "One of the experiences you write about in your book is “the burden of not getting enough done.” I take it this resonates with a lot of people who, despite answering emails at 3 a.m., perpetually feel that they are somehow always behind."
Your unconscious thoughts and feelings affect what you do without your even knowing it. When you're unaware that it's happening, you can feel and do things and not know why. This can lead to anxiety, depression, difficulties with relationships, and problems with self-esteem -- all caused by things going on in your unconscious mind. Bringing them into awareness can help you to understand them, rather than be controlled by them. This is what psychodynamic psychotherapy is all about.
One’s mental health can be affected by stress. The National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH) says at least three types of stress are known. Routine stress of everyday life which consists of routine interactions, mostly with people one is familiar with; negative occurrences, such as loss of employment or ill health; and traumatic stress that is connected with different levels of danger.
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, one American woman will have become a victim of domestic violence. Every nine seconds a U.S. woman is abused by her partner; 1 in 4 women will at some point experience domestic violence. Domestic violence does not have a preference for a race or ethnicity, and can affect both men and women of any socio-economic class.
To protect yourself from becoming involved in a violent relationship, it’s important to understand what qualifies as abuse and how to spot it early on.
If you go to a psychotherapist today, there are many options and each is different. Some are better suited for certain kinds of problems, and some are better suited for others. So if you're considering therapy, how do you decide what's best for you?
First, you need to know what's available. Click here to learn more about different types of therapy!