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Naturally it must have certain characteristics and was nominated for it's usefulness as well as quality.  Do hope you'll drop by and find some useful treatment  for stress and anxiety!  Give it your thumbs up!



 
 
Most of us want a treatment for our disorder that is not obtrusive and does not rely on medication.

You may like to try these sites for solutions to OCD or these natural remedies for anxiety and stress.

I particularly like the Laughter Yoga solution -- laughter being the best medicine!  See it at Natural Remedied for Anxiety and Stress

Good luck!
 
 
Recent earthquakes and tsunamis are causing many people to feel anxiety and panic attacks.   Some have not suffered from these attacks before but extraordinary events are seeing more people experiencing the symptoms that many of us have known as part of our everyday lives.

In Canterbury New Zealand there’s the uncertainty of work and therefore money issues, for many there is uncertainty of a roof over their head...or when the next quake will hit.  And there have been so many aftershocks.  Christchurch people smile!...at least we aren’t contending with nuclear contamination.  I cannot comprehend the anxiety thought that would engender.

Some are wondering if this is the start of Nostradamus’ world predictions.  I think it may be the start of the end of the world as we know it...not the end of the world.  What do you think?  Perhaps we are in for something better in this next stage of the world!

Don’t let your anxieties take hold.  Think positively and stick close to those you love.  Tell them you love them and work at keeping your panic at bay.

 
 
Most fear is induced by excessively magnifying a real danger or by the illusion of fictitious dangers through excessive and misdirected psychical reactions...or as I have hear it put, False Expectation Appear Real.  Yes, fear does exist. But it exists in your life only by your permission, not because it is useful as a warning against "evil."

Whenever you get anxious or even THINK about a situation that bothers you, your mind remembers your past anxiety attacks and how you responded. It doesn’t have to try very hard to remember and get in touch with those feelings because the reaction was so strong it left quite an impression in your memory. Remember how easy it was to recall your first attack and how vivid it still is?

Your mind mistakenly makes the wrong association between ANY anxiety and that extreme reaction you had. It assumes that there must be a threat and it needs to protect you using the fight or flight reaction.

Every time you get anxious and have that same reaction, or avoid the situation to escape the anxiety, you tell your mind that it’s RIGHT to consider it a dangerous threat that needs to be avoided.

Your anxiety is the same way. Practice it like you have been, and very quickly, your mind learns how to react by what you teach it and pretty soon you don’t even think about it anymore. Your mind KNOWS how to react, so it doesn’t bother you with questions, it just does it. You don’t even get a choice anymore.

Understand why traditional learning won’t affect your anxiety once you’ve gotten used to reacting with fear?

You need to teach it to react differently.

The good news is that if you can teach your mind to react poorly and with anxiety, you can also teach it to react with calm and peace.  Try the Panic Puzzle!



 
 
Although it may be unpleasant, anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. It is a fact that anxiety can help us stay alert and focused.  It can spur us to action, and motivate us to solve problems. However, when anxiety is constant or overwhelming, when it interferes with your relationships and activities—that’s when you’ve crossed the line from normal anxiety into the territory of anxiety disorders.
 
 
We know for a fact that hypnosis can help certain problems and one example is social anxiety. With help from a hypnotist who performs individual hypnosis on you, you should find you will be able to interact with people that you once found difficulty relating to in the past.

There are different levels of social anxiety such as being anxious when speaking in public or others who are unable to do anything with others around.  By addressing the issues which create these fears individual hypnosis can help.   Hypnosis can be done on an individual or group basis.

 
 

Each of us has at some point in time had a depressing and sad moment. Depression is a normal human reaction associated with a loss, with the turmoil of everyday life (particularly in light of the present world recession) or with a stressed relationship. Sometimes the sensation of sadness  passes and sometimes it doesn’t.  It only becomes more persistent, possibly leading to a nervous breakdown.

Diseases of the nervous system are very serious and that is why it is important not to ignore them.  Get proper help when you realize you can’t handle them alone. There is no shame in having depression but do get the help you need.


 
 

Fear is an emotion that can have a significant impact on your life. Animals and humans alike have this emotional response to an event in the environment that poses potential danger.  This danger can be physical, mental, or emotional. The effect that fear has on a person is important because it can potentially alter your life and how you deal with the environment.

Regardless of its cause, there are common physical indicators of fear. These are:

           an increase in heart rate and blood pressure

           tightened muscles

           an inability to focus your senses

           dilated pupils

           sweating

There are various forms of fear but its effects can be similarly devastating to the person involved. There are different triggers for these fears but all have the potential to impact on your ability to think clearly and respond to situations logically.

Below is a list of the different kinds of fears:

           Places: crowds, enclosed places, below ground, or heights

           Animals: rats, snakes, mice, spiders, etc

           People: strangers, homosexuals, feeling over-responsible for others, talking to a group of people, etc

           Events: war, crime, public speaking, etc

           Family member/loved ones: death of family member, getting ill

           Disaster: hurricane, lightening, injury or pain, blood, death, earthquake, etc

           Other people's reactions or responses: rejection, disapproval, being humiliated, being ignored, pretension, insecurity

           Feelings about your own ability: taking the leadership role, speaking to a large crowd, stage fright, embarrassing yourself

These are only some of the categories of fear and people will respond differently. Some are able to use the fear they experience in order to sharpen their responses to a given situation while others do not have control over the level of fear they are experiencing.  This often leads to panicking and experiencing anxiety attacks. 

Panic Away can help you overcome the symptoms and resulting anxiety.

 

 
 

 How do you know you have anxiety fear? Of course, it is important to identify the symptoms for this condition because only then can you make the proper diagnosis and take steps to improve your condition. Here are some common symptoms shared by people with anxiety fear:

 

           intense sweating

           feeling of nausea

           breathlessness

           incontrollable shaking

           dry mouth

           heart palpitations

           loss of touch with reality

           inability to think clearly or focus

 
 

Your thoughts can have a lot to do with how you feel. Thinking negative thoughts are one of the things that will make you feel anxious so here’s a few tips to positive thoughts and help you to overcome anxiety.


1. Take Good Care of Yourself

It's much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.


2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For.

Stresses and challenges don't seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.


3. Look for Proof Instead of Making Assumptions

A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member's bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don't waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.

 
4. Practice Loving, Touching & Squeezing (Your Friends and Family)

You don't have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn't touch!


5. Increase Your Social Activity

By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!