Discussions of each step
How "extra" anxiety is created
Revising fear beliefs
Implementing the corollary skills
Implement The practices
The use of medical solutions
For now, use this as a checklist or lesson plan. There is a discussion of what is needed to support each step included on the website. See the Learning/Reading Program in the Anxiety section. For now, use the search engine (in major sections, like Psychology, Philosophy, or the home page.)
To address and virtually eliminate anxiety, these steps are needed:
1. UNDERSTAND THE MECHANISM AND ITS PURPOSE.
And how outdated the biological purpose is.
And how the body reacts (and how that reaction can be reduced).
2. UNDERSTAND HOW WE CREATE THE EXTRA ANXIETY (FEAR). And how that extra anxiety serves no purpose. Read the I Am Safe pieces. Understand what you're telling yourself about yourself and the future. Wrong (illogical, not soundly based) thinking is the source of the suffering.
Note that it is incumbent upon all adults to form a "right" philosophy.
4. REVISE BELIEFS RELATED TO FEARS.
5. IMPLEMENT THE COROLLARY SKILLS THAT HELP RETRAIN
6. IMPLEMENT THE PRACTICES THAT SUPPORT LOW ANXIETY.
UNDERSTAND THE MECHANISM
IMPLEMENTING THE PRACTICES THAT SUPPORT LOW ANXIETY
Remember all emotions are physical manifestations.
So you must use these physical practices in addition to the mental practices.
Think of the mental dysfunctions as the triggers for the physical process but deal with the physical so there will not be overreactions to those triggers.
Also the physical has you feeling better, which causes the mind to create fewer triggers as it is not concerned about trying to make signals to balance the body, as it already is balanced. [Remember the key principle for body maintenance and functioning is to stay in Homeostasis (High Functioning Balance).]
If you're anxious, you crave becoming unanxious. If you're highly anxious, you have an even greater craving, which can create an almost irresistible urge, to get rid of the acute anxiety.
An immediate tranquilizing effect comes from the serotonin produced from sugar and highly refined carbohydrates. Anxious people crave sweets for the immediate effect.
However, the excess of insulin creates foggy thinking, poor concentration, and "hunger-like pains". One is also likely to experience weight gains, where in turn more toxins will be held in the additional fat. Also, they are likely to exhaust the body and also to develop diabetes.
Avoid beer and alcohol like the plague! No coffee, as it shoots you up and drops you down, just as any sugar swing.
The key for anxiety nutritionally is to keep the body in an even, stable sugar state. This will avoid exacerbating the anxiety, as blood sugar swings amp up anxiety. You must eat every two to three hours, setting an alarm to do so. See 12 quick high-energy snacks in Snacks write-up. Keeping yourself well-rested is vital, for tiredness leads to the craving for uppers and to the negative thought process. Sleeping very well is mandatory, so study it and become a master of it!
THE USE OF MEDICAL SOLUTIONS
Sometimes medicine is quicker and seems like alot less work than dealing with all of the above and having to learn it. But the use of psychotherapy creates an additional positive effect beyond just using pharmochemicals.
The traditional treatments for anxiety are:
Anxiolytics (anxiety medicines)
Beta blockers (for performance anxiety and anxiety in general, avoiding the physiological hypertension often associated with higher anxiety levels)
Anti-depressants (often used to give enough relief so that the person can function at a higher level. These have produced "miracles" for some people, but for others they have provided more of a reprieve so that the anxious person can learn new ways of thinking more rightly.
Consult your physician to see what to use, being sure he/she covers all of these AND their side effects.