Picture it :
You are 26 years old and you happen to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and you get slapped with a crime that you were certain you did not commit but some drunken person says he saw you do it and you are thrown in the slammer .
Fast forward 14 years . You are now 40 . You are sitting in your jail cell and you hear footsteps . The door opens and 3 men in suits come in and tell you : " We have completed new DNA testing and you can go "
How would you feel ?
Either happy because you are a free person now or angry because you wasted 16 years of your productive life span
As such, when it comes to anxiety , our self inflicted impression of day to day situations can become prison bars around us - every fear, every panic every worry
With a new year ahead, this is a great time to stop building bars around yourself and step out of your cell . It's a great time to embrace a new way of being , of thinking and doing.
Taking the steps to manage chronic anxiety is also a major step in helping yourself avoid a whole host of medical issues that prolonged anxiety can inflict on the body .
When you experience long term anxiety , your brain releases hormones to help you deal with the feeling . Prolonged exposure to these hormones can lead to weight gain. High blood pressure , nausea, diarrhea, a whole host of digestive issues along with a weakened immune system can also manifest due to years of exposure to anxiety. Your day to day life can also be effected by muscle tension, headaches, depression and insomnia . Often times, prolonged anxiety can worsen physical issues that may have already been present independent of the anxiety
Whether it be proper medication , yoga, meditation, stress management or behavioral therapy , there are so many tools that can be your guideposts to a more relaxed, grounded you .
Take a deep breath . Focus your mind on the peace you can have letting go of worries . Every day is a new beginning.