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The Art of Doing Nothing

Short-term avoidance of anxiety leads to long-term maintenance of anxiety.

Handling anxious thoughts is tricky, however, the best response is to do nothing. It's easy to say but hard to do, yet if we continuously become dismissive towards the anxious thought consistently, our brain then becomes good at filtering out the anxiety noise.

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What Anxiety Says

Anxiety makes us uncomfortable. It is our brain's way of telling us that something bad is happening and that we should do something about it right now.

But, the problem is that we do things to relieve our anxiety. It's exactly the reason why this "anxiety" that we have at the moment will come back in a different form. 

When we do something to soothe ourselves from the anxiety, our brain learns that we should keep doing it whenever an anxiety pops up.

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Use Aromatherapy

Whether they’re in oil form, incense, or a candle, scents like lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood can be very soothing.

Aromatherapy is thought to help activate certain receptors in your brain, potentially easing anxiety.

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Worry

Worry is the cognitive part of anxiety, with it's repetitive and obsessive thought patterns in our mind. Worry is sometimes essential for us to solve problems or take action, provided we are not stuck in a constant state of worry.

Ways to Handle Worry:

  • Allot some time a day, say 15 to 20 minutes, to worry about problems.
  • Be aware of your worrying, and push yourself into action.
  • Write your worries down, as it can calm obsessive thoughts.

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Common symptoms of an anxiety attack include:

  • feeling faint or dizzy
  • shortness of breath
  • dry mouth
  • sweating
  • chills or hot flashes
  • apprehension and worry
  • restlessness
  • distress
  • fear
  • numbness or tingling

We should always be aware of the common symptoms of an anxiety. Let's help each other and have a happy life.

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