People who suffer from anxiety attacks may tell you what a terrifying experience it usually is. Millions of people experience an anxiety attack every day. That is enough to leave you even more anxious than before, afraid of having your next attack. Just imagine the negative economic, emotional and social impact panic attacks have on the lives of millions of human beings. What causes anxiety attacks?
First of all, anxiety symptoms are basically the same as the instinctive fight or flight response. This response is instinctive and is designed to increase your survival when faced with a life threatening situation such as being attacked by a wild animal or having to escape from a burning building. This is normal. The problem is that people who develop anxiety disorders responds in this instinctive way to imagined threats to their immediate survival such as driving to work or having some unknown and incurable disease. They then experience the flight or fight response and the corresponding physical symptoms as anxiety symptoms or anxiety attacks. Of course, if a vehicle should suddenly swerve in front of them or their doctor tell them that they really do have an incurable disease, then the threat becomes real and is not just imagined.
So this instinctive response to imagined threats creates anxiety symptoms like the following.
- Racing heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Obsessive thinking
In a dangerous situation, these are just symptoms of your body and nervous system getting ready for either running away from the danger or staying and fighting the danger. When you mistakenly learn to respond in this way to everyday stress and problems, it becomes an unnatural anxiety disorder. This unnatural response will be a harmful influence in your life that will break you down physically and emotionally.
Everyday events that may trigger such a response may include having regular arguments with your spouse, a severe work deadline, rush hour traffic or financial problems. The way in which you react to these problems in a habitual way will determine how you feel. Some people learn how to cope with stressful situations in a better way than others.
A daily relaxation routine or exercise program can help you to release the stress of the day. Doing martial arts or hitting a pillow might also do the trick. Well, maybe not a pillow, but you probably get the idea. You may also want to avoid stimulants such as nicotine, caffeine and loads of sugar. They will only make you more restless.
There are many imagined threats as well as real threats to our health, safety and sanity in the world today. There are therefore more than enough causes of anxiety attacks. You can therefore choose to uncover and deal with those causes directly and habitually.
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