Wednesday, March 04, 2020
When Worry Drives Your Anxiety
When the doctor told a client, Liza, that she’s having high blood pressure, her mind leaped into the future. She imagined getting a stroke and dying.
Each day, Liza would ruminate obsessively. Unable to sleep, she began taking sleeping pills.
She regretted on the bad eating habits she had that brought the high blood pressure. And, the late night working in the office and partying with friends.
A little of this can be good, of course. A way to learn from mistakes or lessons. But too much of this is bad for the health - both mental and physical.
When you think too long and too hard about all the things that can go wrong, you’re not preparing for the future. You’re worrying.
When you overthink on past mistakes and misfortunes, you’re not learning from your past. You’re simply worrying.
Your worrying then develops into and drives your anxiety state, which may progressively worsen.
In anxiety disorders, you get “fused” with your fearful thoughts. You are “being” your thoughts instead of merely “having” your thoughts.
With such a habitual thought pattern, your mind could not make a clear distinction between imagined events and real events.
One night, my wife and I were in Kandle Cafe. We were served with a kind of healthy tea, Blue Pea. It’s delicious and aids in relaxing and detaching.
Where the tea and the “space” there help in search of serenity, creating distance between you and your fearful thoughts reduces your worries and anxieties.
When you create this little “space” in between your thoughts, the separation lessens the emotional impact of each thought ... one of the ways of healing the anxious mind.