Overcoming-anxiety is essential to our overall health because anxiety or worry can be a major causal factor for stress and depression. While anxiety can often be based on conflict or adversity of some sort, it is often concern for something that might or might not happen tomorrow, or next week if ever. Overcoming-anxiety has to begin with learning to live in the present and that means today.
Anxiety is a feeling of dread, fear, or apprehension, often with no clear justification. Worrying about something bad that may (or not) happen tomorrow is worrying about something that does not exist. We plan for the future and if the plan doesn’t turn out we adjust the plan. We have no control over the future but God does. God is in control, He said to call upon Him in the day of trouble; and He will rescue you and you will honor Him (Psalm 50:15 NASB).
Anxiety is a demonstration of little faith and if you spend your day worrying about what might happen tomorrow, you are ruining today. It is most times tough to do but we must learn to put the past out of our mind and live for today not tomorrow. Overcoming-anxiety is living by faith that tomorrow is in God's hands. It is certainly not in ours. We need to recognize that every day is a gift from God. What a shame to live any day in a negative and defeated mind-set.
Remember that God is not the source of anxiety. If you trust God to meet your needs you have no reason to be anxious. All anxiety is a reaction to something that we can’t control, but God can. The key to overcoming-anxiety is to give it to God but when you do, you have to let go.
Anxiety is different than fear because fear is in response to a clear and actual danger to one’s person. Anxiety, on the other hand, is a response to apparently innocuous situations or is the product of subjective, internal emotional conflicts the causes of which may not be apparent to the person themselves.
Some anxiety inevitably arises in the course of daily life and is considered normal. But persistent, intense, chronic, or recurring anxiety not justified in response to real-life stresses is usually regarded as a sign of an emotional disorder. In this case the services of a qualified mental health professional should be consulted to help in overcoming-anxiety.
In his book, “Ageless Body, Timeless Mind,” Dr. Deepak Chopra says that the search for our true self starts in the present:
"Stripped to the basics, emotions arouse only two sensations – pain and pleasure. We all want to avoid pain and pursue pleasure; therefore all the complicated emotional states we find ourselves in, are the result of not being able to obey those basic drives. Psychiatrist David Viscott has reduced emotional complexity to a single cycle that gets repeated countless times in everyone’s life. This cycle begins in the present, where only pain and pleasure are felt, and ends up with complex feelings centered exclusively in the past, such as guilt and depression. The cycle of emotions is as follows:
What this cycle tells us is that stored hurt is responsible for a wide range of psychological distress. Buried hurt disguises itself as anger, anxiety, guilt and depression. The only way to deal with these layers of pain is to find out what hurts as the pain occurs, deal with it, and move on. Living in the present means being honest enough to avoid the easy emotion, which is anger, and expose the hurt, which is harder to confront. When hurt is not resolved in the present, the vicious buildup of anger, anxiety, guilt, and depression can only grow worse.”
The following exercise is to learn the steps of how to feel in the present and protect your emotional health. The steps may seem like an exercise in suffering but they will help you in overcoming-anxiety, preventing stress and may be a help in preventing dementia.
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