It’s 2:30 AM and Jack is wide awake. He can’t turn his mind off. He’s thinking thinking thinking about everything he has to do and hasn’t done; that comment his boss made yesterday accusing him of slacking off, his girlfriend is pushing to get married and yet all he wants is sleep. He can’t get it because his anxiety is keeping him up again. He tosses and turns, he drinks a glass of milk, he takes some Advil PM, then a shot of whiskey, nothing works. The next day he feels like a zombie and dreads what will happen that night. He bums a Zanax from his work buddy and sleeps, but at what price?
Anxiety is not to be taken lightly, it’s a mean machine and will work on your ebb and flow with great efficiency. As I did my research on anxiety and from my own experience I realized just how difficult this nut is to crack and yet it remains mysterious. As I read through all the givens, exercise, eating right, not drinking, lay off coffee, it occurred to me that no one seems to know the whole story about anxiety. It’s quite a task, it appears, to unravel anxieties mystery. Sure, we can say that anxiety is the “misapprehension of a future event” as Dr. Craske from UCLA has defined it but it’s more than that. Sure, its fear alright, some secret or not so secret dread, like a burning, mind blaring, adrenalin laced, buck naked in the middle of the night kind of wicked witch of a problem. Everyone knows what anxiety is. The feeling before we give a speech or recital, asking someone out who we want to want us or going to the dentist. All of it makes for a pretty heady mix of fear and anxiety. It feels like Godzilla is just around the corner and all we can hear are the thud of footsteps coming our way. Suddenly, bam, anxiety rips through our body.
So, what in the world can we do about it? Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-bill-cloke/anxiety-tips_b_4886740.html