How can we face anxiety and overcome it?


 How can we face anxiety and overcome it?

Anxiety triggers are always present, always. But what happens when anxiety becomes a part of our daily lives?

What if anxiety and fear dominate our daily lives and cause stress in the family? How can we distinguish normal anxiety from generalized anxiety and how can we manage to calm ourselves down a bit? General anxiety or a normal reaction?

Many people spend most of their days asking “what happens if…?” questions. Sometimes the fear of death or disease accompanies us, but often we go about our lives indifferent to these dangers. But, what if we live in an area full of dangers? So that our lives should be marked by a constant alert? Fear of sirens and the constant need to know the safe places?

Many people who live in dangerous areas suffer from generalized anxiety. This concern may be justified, but it cannot be so normal. How can, with this, deal with a security situation or other such situations that are not simple, and continue our lives normally?

Anxiety in general:

Generalized anxiety is an anxiety disorder that is characterized by a constant feeling of worry about many things in different areas of life: educational, occupational, economic, health, marital, security, and others. Affective generalized anxiety manifests itself at four basic levels in our lives:   

  • Emotional level: Frequent feelings of distress, tension, turmoil, anxiety, and a sense that something bad is about to happen.
  • Intellectual level: constantly thinking about dangers, misfortunes, and problems so that thinking generally tends to be extreme.
  • Physical level: Anxiety and thoughts may appear physically as abdominal pain, dry mouth, sweating, and shivering.
  • Behavioral level: People with generalized anxiety tend to refrain from or prevent others from, activities they consider dangerous, and work to reduce fears in a way that includes continuous conversations with family members and surrounding people. 

How can overcome general anxiety?

Our lives can be full of stressful events, and it is clear that we have to be careful and take care of ourselves and our relatives as much as possible. But with this said, over-vigilance, which makes us nervous 100% of the time and stresses the people around us, which can ultimately reduce spontaneity and pleasure and transform the lives we fight to defend - makes our lives full of fears. So what should we do?

  • Abstain from abstaining: we need to identify everyday activities and states of abstinence—and begin to gradually expose ourselves to them. For example, trying to reduce repetitive contacts. At first, these changes may increase anxiety in the short term, but over time the feeling that the resulting pleasure is worth the risk (or the sense of risk) builds up.
  • Self-Calm Technique: Yoga, Meditation, and Guided Imagination - These are effective self-soothing techniques that may help with anxiety or worrying conditions.
  • Develop and build a relative view of things: saying is easy, doing is hard. So, when you're not feeling anxious, try to identify points of failure and exaggeration in your thinking and evaluations.
  • Listening to the people around you: The concern may be justified in your view, but frank advice to the people around you may offer you a different viewpoint and draw your attention to areas that may be of great concern to you.
  • Going for treatment: It is not easy to control the feeling of anxiety, especially when talking about a situation in which general anxiety accompanies the person for a continuous period so that anxiety becomes a part of his life. Psychotherapy is one of the important tools to deal with and treat anxiety. Through treatment, we can identify behavioral and intellectual patterns that perpetuate or increase anxiety and work to equalize and change these patterns, we can understand the causes and motives of anxiety and enhance the ability to deal with and confront fears without affecting the daily, personal, and family systems.