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I love editing for Elephant Journal. It seems each and every article I am assigned somehow relates to this blog and everyone who follows it. The latest article I edited over the weekend relates to our anxieties.

I think you would all agree that understanding, recognizing and dealing with the anxieties in the toxic relationship really screwed with our minds.

Good news! That’s what anxiety is supposed to do. Our anxieties were a warning sign that something was not right! How we dealt with these anxieties is another story.

Below is a short intro to the article with a link to the rest of the story. Enjoy!


The Intelligence of Anxiety. ~ Ian Anderson for Elephant Journal

I recently read an article linking high levels of anxiety with a high IQ, which made me think, “What is the intelligence of our anxiety?”

To better explore this topic, it is essential to understand what anxiety is and how it works.

Understanding Our Anxiety

Dictionary.com defines anxiety as, “A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.”

This is a relatively good definition, and something that I am certain almost all of us can relate to. I would add that the frustrating aspect of anxiety is that it’s intrusive, preventing us from accomplishing what we want from our lives.

Not only does anxiety manifest highly undesirable emotional responses, we often respond in physical ways: we begin to sweat, our stomachs churn and suddenly we can’t think or speak clearly.

Our ability to feel this anxiety evolved for a reason. It kept us alive. The problem today is that our anxiety often occurs in the face of unrealistic, or in the absence of, true threats.

So what do we do about it? Let us first explore our negative coping patterns. Continue reading.

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  1. I’m okay and yes I don’t dismiss my anxieties, I look at the cause and try to adjust myself or fix the problem…what I’m dealing with is someone who isn’t playing with a full deck and a management who sees me as a ‘trouble maker’…hey I’ve been there done that before!
    so that will be fixed soon
    but yes you are correct…we must pay attention to our anxieties…what ever they are…fear comes in many forms and that is why yoga and meditation or other forms of looking inside ourselves is very important to cultivate…or we will be just a anxious mouse on a tread mill killing ourselves.

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  2. gee Paula I guess I missed that you were ‘editing’! that’s great of course! that gives you more range than just writing an article. I like what I’m reading, but for so many reasons haven’t had enough time to digest/write. got a ‘situation’ going, neighbor, and once it’s resolved and I’m freer I’ll write about it…anxiety!!! certainly!

    I wrote to my physician to request a letter to my housing management about the ‘neighbor’ issue how the ANXIETY is causing me distress and how it affects my medical conditions…

    We need to know and use ‘magic words’ when dealing with problems…I wrote to my doctor…neighbor’s behavior is causing me to have ‘rapid heart beat, anxious breathing, fear’ DOCTORS don’t want to hear that from their patients! more on this later…the point I’m making is (and I have NOT READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE) that when we have anxiety there is a REASON and we must find the reason in order to get healthy.

    keep up the great work, Paula

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    • Oh, Gert! That’s horrible! The source of our anxiety is VERY real and should not be overlooked or left “off the hook” just because we recognize the source. The article merely encourages us to learn how to recognize when we are behaving from a place of anxiety so we can deal with it and squash the source. Sometimes the source is inside of us, just a fear. Other times, the source is material and very real, like in your situation. Uuugghhh! I can’t imagine what you’re dealing with when it comes to your neighbor’s behavior. XOXO

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