Nearly one out of 13 people experience anxiety worldwide, yet we still don’t seem to exactly know the cause of anxiety and how heal it. It’s estimated that approximately 10 percent of teenagers and 40 percent of adults suffer from an anxiety disorder of some kind. If you’re one of those people who experience any kind of anxieties and desire serenity and calmness in your days, I’m happy you decided to give this blog a read.
The opposite of anxiety, I believe, is serenity.
Serenity exists in the absence of anxiety.
If the records show that 10 percent of teenagers and 40 percent of adults of the world’s population suffers from some kind of anxiety, it also means that 50 percent of the world’s population lacks serenity. Realising the seriousness of this topic, I share with you in this post some simple yet effective ways to eliminate anxiety and welcome serenity in your life! [Serenity flows naturally in the absence of anxiety.]
But, before we dive in the cures of anxiety, let’s discuss about some causes of anxiety. Because:
Recognising the root cause of any problem is the initial step of getting to it’s solution.
Few of the main causes of anxiety from my personal point of view are:
- Negative self-talk
Google defines the word anxiety as “a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.” Anxiety is a word we use to describe some kinds of worry or fear. If you’re one of those who fear from uncertainties, this can be the cause of your anxiety.
Behavioral researchers have found that more than 50% of what you think or say to yourself is negative. Most of the people are aware of their negative self-talk but struggle breaking the habit. How to break the habit of negative self-talk? Here are a few things you can do:
- Become aware when you speak to yourself negatively.
- Note down all the self-defeating sentences in a paper and set it to flames.
- Make a daily habit of noting down self-empowering sentences in your journal.
These were just few common causes of anxiety that I shared above – it’s not necessary that these can be the causes of your anxiety every time. Let me repeat it again because is so important: to cure your anxiety, you first need to recognize it’s cause.
If you desire serenity you need to eliminate anxiety. And to eliminate anxiety, you need to become aware of where anxiety is stemming from.
How to Heal Anxiety and Create Space for Serenity
Anxiety is something that almost everyone of us including me experience in today’s world. Undoubtedly, many of us also struggle eliminating it. Observing what works best and what doesn’t work, here are my 3 ways to cure anxiety [or to welcome serenity]. They may sound pretty simple to implement but I promise they’ll work wonders for you!
The idea of writing things down on a piece of paper on daily bases and making it my “daily ritual” sounded a little meaningless to me initially, to be honest. Journaling won’t change your life. But it can surely save your life. I’ve been journaling now since 3 years and I believe it’s one of the most effective rituals.
During the times of anxiety, journal.
During the times of happiness, journal.
During the times of confusion, journal.
During the times of chaos, journal.
During the times of uncertainty, journal.
During the times when you feel life’s unfolding perfectly, journal!
Because the only habit that I’ve known by far that subtracts your sorrows and multiplies your happiness is the habit of journaling.
You must be thinking now, “does simply walking really cure anxiety?” And the answer is YES! A study by psychologists on how exercise reduces anxiety suggests that a 10-minute walk can quickly elevate your mood. Researchers have found that physically active people and those who exercise/walk are less likely to experience anxiety than compared to sedentary people.
“Meditation is the only freedom from stress, tension and anxiety” marked Sadhguru. Anxiety is caused during the times of uncertainty and pressure.
One of the reasons why you feel bad during the times of anxiety is that when anxious, the size of amygdala – an area of your brain – increases. Amygdala is responsible for the fear response. The increase in the size of amygdala is what causes anxiety.
It’s been well known for over thousands of years that meditation helps you relax your mind. Practicing meditation actually changes the function of your brain.
Researchers form Johns Hopkins University after examining over 18,000 meditations concluded that the most effective use of meditation is to heal anxiety. You won’t know till you don’t try it. So here’s my challenge for you today: before you go to bed today, find a spot to spend some time alone and practice meditation.
App for Meditation
One of the apps I’ve found useful for practicing meditation which specifically has meditations on stress and anxiety is headspace.
Undoubtedly, meditation is one of the best practices that has numerous advantages and benefits. There are countless mediations available online. Try and experiment which works best for you!
I wish you a life free from anxiety and full of serenity, and so my loving suggestion to you today is to install these three rituals into your days:
- Keep a journal
I hope this blog was of value to you. Talk to you soon!
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