Overcome Anxiety and Stress in Five Steps
Our era has been called 'The Age of Anxiety'. With increasing financial stress, family pressures, health problems, global economic turmoil and worldwide political unrest, we live in very worrying times. Recent statistics have shown that fifty-nine percent of people in Britain have experienced anxiety and seventy percent have suffered from stress. The number of antidepressants prescribed by the NHS also rose sharply last year as worries of the recession set in.
Once we become aware of our internal thoughts we are able to discover the fears that are at the root of the anxiety. A good acronym for fear is: FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real. Much of our fear may be based on invalid thinking. For example, when a person is having a panic attack they may misinterpret the physiological effects, and think that they are having a heart attack, thereby further increasing their anxiety.
2. Challenging our thoughts
3. Sharing our feelings with others
4. Taking action
5. Maintaining physical and spiritual well-being
It has been demonstrated by much modern research that prayer helps reduce anxiety. A recent study interviewed two hundred and forty-six people before they underwent cardiac surgery. The results showed that those who prayed before the operation were more optimistic and suffered less anxiety.
These five approaches can be used in combination or individually. A person's particular circumstances, as well as individual character and personal preferences, will determine which approach will be most helpful.
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