This post helps you understand anxiety and how to release it. Here, you will learn how it forms and lives in the body. With this knowledge, you grow aware of anxiety and your responses to it. This wisdom allows you to see how fearful thoughts and emotions exist for your benefit. It’s then possible to see anxiety disorders in the correct light by moving toward allowing the mind to relax. This step releases anxiety for good.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a mindful, alert state that has its roots in the body’s nervous system. In the event of a real-life threat, it’s a normal reaction that helps you manage danger. Once you’re aware of this, it’s easier to accept that anxiety exists to keep you safe. In the short term, it poses no problem and doesn’t harm your overall health.
What is the anxiety response?
The anxiety response is part of the body’s intellect and serves to protect you from danger. For example, if you have to escape a house on fire, the body pools energy from its systems to cope with such a situation. Here, it releases various chemicals and hormones. Together, these work to place the body and brain in alert, active states. When this happens, the following effects occur:
- Your heart rate and breathing increase. The extra oxygen from this response gives you a fast reaction to danger.
- Extra blood flows to the muscles. Here, your body diverts blood from its surface, then sends it to the brain, arms and legs. This motion gets you ready to move, react, and escape.
- The pupils widen. Such action allows more light into your eyes for better vision and alertness.
Altogether, these effects put you in an acute state to prime the body for dealing with a threat. Since ancient times, this reaction remains a vital part of human survival. In a state of balance, it happens for a brief period and ends when the threat resolves. This response poses no problem to your health in the short term.
What happens when anxiety goes out of balance?
When anxiety goes out of balance, the body reacts to threats that don’t exist. In short, this response stems from excess fear in the brain. By learning how this builds, you grow more aware of anxiety and less prone to it becoming imbalanced. This awareness settles and aligns the mind.
Throughout your life, the brain gathers data about potential threats, fears, risks, and dangers. Such action stems from its urge to ensure your survival. Despite this, in a state of low awareness, the brain can lose itself to this motive. It then creates excess thoughts of dread and worry. In effect, you cannot tell the difference between real or imagined threats.
In life, fear is normal, because nothing is certain. Realise that it’s impossible to know exactly what will happen in the future. Are you willing to accept this uncertainty? If you cannot witness such fear from a distance, it takes over the mind’s space. This response raises anxiety and creates these imbalanced reactions:
- Outbursts of emotion and violence.
- A hard time focussing on the present task.
- Not being able to rest.
- Thoughts racing at a fast pace.
- Images of pain, death, and fear.
- A constant need to reassure and calm yourself.
- Increases in the pace of your breath and heartbeat.
- A dizzy, tired, unsteady, sick and tense body.
- Trouble digesting food and loss of hunger.
- Headache and dry mouth.
- Sleep problems.
These effects occur when your body believes there is a threat for too long. Because of this, it releases surplus chemicals and hormones, thus causing many imbalances. In reality, these reactions result from the body trying to protect itself too much. Note how such responses move and feel within your space. This awareness, coupled with not acting on fear, soon calms anxiety and balances the mind.
Why do panic attacks occur?
Panic attacks occur when the volume of pent up thought energy within you reaches a breaking point. As you learn how such storms take place, they soon pass without trouble.
Your environment, upbringing and surroundings play a role in shaping the thoughts you store. Much of this energy also comes from parents and ancestors through the genes you inherit. Some of this content is imbalanced and holds details of past pain. These fearful masses of emotions can cause panic and anxiety from a young age. Don’t use this as a reason to blame your family tree or past. Instead, accept how the thought energy you receive, store and shape is often beyond your control.
Once you realise that most panic causing thoughts are not personal, it’s easier to allow their release. This purge tends to happen when feelings of fear and dread reach a threshold point. Such triggers often occur in social scenes, seeing something in the media or for no obvious reason. Here, one or several anxiety symptoms feel intense, thus causing aches in the body and brain. Let these sensations be, and they soon ease. This open state allows the release of panic causing thoughts.
Don’t view panic as a problem or wrong event. Instead, see it as a detox, where the mind releases its pent up contents. Note this motion – as if you’re watching a movie and let it happen, without trying to get rid of it. Any effort you make to suppress the energy of anxiety makes it return with more power. To exit this cycle, accept the surges of fear and view them as excess thought energy leaving your body. These cycles of release are tiring, so rest when you sense the need. In time, you can allow panic attacks to pass without trouble.
What are obsessive thoughts?
Obsessive thoughts or OCD are conditions where you follow the mind’s fears without realising. These issues exist due to a high volume of imbalanced thought energy in the body. The nature of this mass governs your mind’s content, thus causing obsessive thoughts. By understanding why they occur, you can allow their fuel to run out. Soon, they leave for good.
The theme of obsessive thoughts comes from the nature of energy held in your body. For example, if you suppress guilt, sexual thoughts, and hate, the mind raises images of fear, sex, and violence. Such thought combinations are painful as they go against your character. It’s common to suppress these because of fear of people judging or seeing you as a bad person. As a result, they cause shame and further worry. These thoughts are normal, and not personal. See them as invitations to grow aware of the mind and realise your body’s spacious nature.
Realise that obsessive and anxious thoughts are symptoms. Their cause is an imbalance and build-up of thought energy in the body. In effect, this causes the brain to create images at a fast and constant pace. From here, using logic, medicine, positive self-talk, distracting, or ignoring thoughts doesn’t work for long. These methods are like trimming weeds on the surface of a grass lawn instead of taking care of them at the root. Instead of managing thoughts this way, learn how they form. This insight helps settle obsessive and anxious thoughts by curing their root cause.
To resolve obsessive thoughts, understand how they stem from suppressed feelings and emotions. Sense how these feel and note the thoughts they produce. After a few months, allow them in full. In this open state of allowing, the fuel from obsessive thoughts runs out and they leave for good.
Does talk therapy help with anxiety?
Talk therapy can help anxiety by bringing awareness to the thoughts and emotions behind it. It also helps to sort out details of your life, thus allowing for wiser choices. In short, therapy can provide useful tools to grow better aware of the mind. Once they serve this purpose, put aside such techniques and move to the next stage of total allowing. This phrase is where you’re on your own, and cease to depend on outside help.
Thought energy gains mass through repetition. When you bear this in mind, talking about anxiety and painful memories for too long raises their power. Despite this, in the short term, talk therapy helps you make sense of thoughts by raising your awareness of them. You then understand why they arise and how to view them. As you reach this point, limit the time spent talking about your mind’s contents. The reason is that such efforts soon give thoughts more fuel. Once you can witness them, allow their energy to fade and release. This approach allows thoughts to lose mass as you stop repeating them in the mind.
To allow anxiety to leave, the mind has to release any rigid stances. These include labels on thoughts, emotions, and your persona. Because of this, therapists must listen with openness and not categorise anyone’s mindset. How can your emotions relax if someone judges, labels, or views you as a bad or ill person? Such actions serve no purpose and defend the place of anxiety. Are you willing to allow all thoughts and feelings – without judging or seeking comfort? Can someone else do this for you? You’re the only one who can grow more aware and allow anxiety to leave. Here, as the mind relaxes, you cease to rely on outside help.
Do anxiety medicines work?
Medicines for anxiety work on its symptoms – over a brief period. In short, they curb the body’s hormone and chemical reactions to an anxious thought or event. By understanding such medicines and their actions, you can make a conscious choice to use them or not.
It’s normal for the mind and body to react to fear. For this reason, medicines only reduce such responses for a short time. Soon, the body adapts and fights such efforts to block its actions. It’s then common for anxiety to resurface – far worse. As a result, stronger drugs are necessary to further curb both mind and body. This approach can become addictive and dangerous. Here, it’s vital to be cautious as excess, prolonged use of these drugs harm the body’s health. Despite this, if patients have harsh responses to fear, anxiety medicine stills their minds and reactions for short periods.
Any form of suppressing thoughts strengthens them as their energy builds. To gain a visual sense of this, picture trying to stop a volcano from erupting by blocking its crater. Can this action succeed for long? You cannot suppress thoughts this way, as the body’s wisdom will always seek to release their energy.
Brief escapes such as drugs can’t resolve thoughts at the root cause. The reason is that they stop imbalanced thought energy from releasing. This restraint prevents the body from coming to a point of natural balance and health. Such a state is where you’re free of medicines and drugs. Here, you relax all means to suppress thoughts and gain the insight to resolve them at their root level.
By growing more aware, you know your body and what’s best for it. On balance, you must decide if you’re ready to allow the mind its full freedom, without depending on medicines.
What happens as anxiety dissolves?
As anxiety dissolves, you sense a space within your being that’s free from fear and mental pain. Understand this state, and the mind starts to grow more aware. In time, it becomes spacious as you relax and allow its motion. By going through these steps, anxiety and fear leave your space.
Mental pain happens when you fight against the mind’s thoughts and emotions. Such resistance delays their release and suppresses them for longer. Once the brain frees most of these pent up contents, its anxiety weakens. This act takes place because the mind’s imbalances lose their fuel and power. The body’s natural intelligence then takes over and removes any thoughts or emotions out of line with its wellbeing. From here, you no longer build up such material in your space. In effect, you never have to suffer from strong anxiety or fear again. This freedom allows you to be at ease with life, instead of fighting its changes.
When the mind becomes free, you don’t sense the need to escape life. This power means you can allow yourself to fulfil your desires and goals. These could include a new relationship, job, hobby, or location. No matter what you choose to do, your sense of peace doesn’t depend on anything or anyone. Such an independent mind also frees others from the burden of expectations. As a result, you stop wasting time and energy on ways to escape life.
A mind free from anxiety no longer has its roots in pain or negativity. Such a person brings positive changes in the world by attracting realities that mirror their wise, spacious nature. As you connect with this truth, your mind grows aware of its unwanted contents and soon lets them go. Anxiety, fear and mental pain then cease to live in your space.