In the midst of feeling wonderful as we engage in our activities, we may experience a sudden rapid heart rate accompanied by shallow and rapid breathing. A feeling of generalized discomfort overwhelms. Just a minute ago, you were feeling great. It happened quickly and without notice. You think about it for a second, and you realize you just don’t feel right. There are no obvious physical reasons – overall, your health is good. You eat well; you exercise; you take care of yourself. Yet, you continually feel antsy, jittery, out of sorts. You may well feel slightly or significantly depressed. You feel many things simultaneously. What could it be?
These symptoms have a name: anxiety. They have a reason: you are living in your mind; you are living in your thoughts; you are living in your fears. You are not living in the present moment. You are living somewhere in the past or somewhere in the future. You are living anywhere but in the present moment. When I say you are not living in the present moment, I mean you identify more with your thoughts and feelings than you do with the business at hand. How can you live in the present moment if you are caught up in your thoughts and fears – your mind?
Why does this make you feel anxious? Isn’t that a terrible thing? Aren’t you really unwell? In truth, you may be fortunate that you are only experiencing a little bit of generalized anxiety. This is a good wake up call for you to start taking care of your mind properly. Anxiety, like almost all of the other terms which have been used to describe symptoms, is just that – a symptom, or a result of the actual source of the problem or situation. Symptoms are the experience of feelings and energies… They are the means by which we get to know that there is disorder in our mind or body.
So, how do you treat anxiety? It depends if you want to treat the symptom or if you want to treat the actual cause. If you want to treat the symptom, there are numerous ways to treat it. As a caveat, this author recommends that you go to a qualified health professional and of course get yourself examined. If you want to treat the actual cause of the situation, the first thing to do is to experience the symptoms. It may be difficult for you to do at first. It may be difficult for you to even understand what I am recommending. I am recommending that you sit quietly and openly in the face of your feelings of generalized anxiety, and let it be what it is. How do you do that?
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You sit down in a chair or lie down on your bed. In the quietude of your home or safe space, simply be still. Take a few breaths at a natural and normal pace. It only takes a few moments to do this. When you get a little calmer, and if you do this right, ultimately you will experience calmness and well being and peacefulness. Simply, sit and experience whatever comes up in your heart and mind. It is so beautiful. Perhaps, for the first time in your entire life, instead of rejecting and struggling with the feelings of your heart and mind, you are opening yourself to them.
You are letting them be. You are going inside yourself. You are getting deeper. There is an entire world within you which opens when you sit quietly in it and accept it. It is the opposite of the frantic, frenetic thoughts of the judging mind, and the frequent, if not continual, rejection of other people, other ideas, other things which you do not feel comfortable with normally. It is when you reject the unfamiliar that you feel anxiety. Of course, you feel anxious; how can you feel good and happy if you are rejecting anything?
Anxiety, and most of the disorders of the mind, and often the body, are treatable through opening instead of closing. Do not sell yourself short by accepting petty fears and drama. It is not who you are, and it is not what you have to experience. You can learn to be well and healthy and happy – now. Anxiety disappears in the face of wellness. They cannot coexist. Health trumps anxiety.
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Dr. Vikram Tarugu, M.D, is the CEO of Detox of South Florida, Inc and medical professional focused on addiction. A veteran in the medical field with over 25 years of professional experience. He is a consultant for many South Florida Rehab centers. Patients travel from allover the US to seek his help with addiction and Hepatitis C treatment.
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