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How the Cycle of Anxiety Works

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Discover more about the cycle of anxiety and what you can do about it.
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28 reflections
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Amy
Avoiding things because of anxiety
I can’t avoid situations that make me anxious because that will cause even more anxiety the next time that situation comes about because I will feel less able to cope.
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Ramona
I learned a lot
I found this informative and helpful. I thought I was managing my anxiety but I am just building it. The logic makes sense, now I need to be more forward with my choices.
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Meg
Anxiety
Learning how to hope and quiet our Minds will help with my day to day fears and challenges.
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Therese
Informativt
Er så mye som i grunn er opplagt når man hører det, selv om en ikke klarer å se det selv.. men det er så sant.
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Samantha
Controlling anxiety
There are ways I can interrupt the circle of anxiety and just knowing this makes me feel less anxious. I think. Anxiety has a lot to do with control and if you are able to learn a wide range of coping skills, like a survival kit,you are back in control.
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Mick
Reflection on anxiety monologue
I was surprised to realize that I may not understand what anxiety is. I guess I had not thought of myself as anxious, until I listened to the piece about anxiety. I can see it now more. The stuff about the cycle of anxiety makes a lot of sense.
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Sam
Cycle of anxiety
I learned that anxiety is just a cycle the body goes through in response to a perceived threat or worry about future events. These “threats” aren’t what they seem to be and that the worst case scenario almost never happens. I have control over the cycle and I’m gonna break it.
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lenore
Cycle of Anxiety
The more I avoid situations that causes anxiety, the worse it’ll become in the future.
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Amanda
Cycle of anxiety
I learned that the more I avoid certain situations that make me anxious, the worse it becomes.
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Wes
Anxiety
Fear driven and feelings of overwhelming. Slow down practice mindfulness. Stay in the moment
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Jeff
The cycle
I learned long ago about the mind/body connection when it comes to anxiety but it’s always helpful to be reminded of how these things work and how important it is to break the cycle
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Alex
Confronting fear
I learned to break the cycle of anxiety I should build resilience and tolerance of situations rather than avoid them.
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Samantha
Ending
I love the last line about making decisions based on our greatest hopes rather than our greatest fears.
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Steve
Coping with anxiety
What’s interesting is that I know most of what she said, yet I still find it very difficult to break the cycle. I see a therapist and I’m learning, so I’m hopeful that the cycle is shorter and shorter, which does seem to be happening. I’m thankful for the Aura contributors and my therapist, because life was much more rough before I found them.
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Kayla
Feeling anxious right now
I’m learning abit but know most of what she said, still feeling abit anxious because evening is coming then bedtime and I know I’m going to have trouble sleeping, I can never fall asleep naturally, I always have to take something to sleep, usually gravol or I was prescribed Trazodone. I just joined lastnight, I’m so sick and tired of feeling like this.
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Jules
New Thoughts 08.26.2021
My anxiety is such a physical thing. A compulsion to run out of a large crowd. A motivator to stay home rather than go to a gathering. A driving factor for not having a tough conversation. I haven’t really broken down the “why” behind the physical response. Haven’t even realized there was a “why”. Just have focused on making it through some of those moments. Like I am working on it from the top down instead of the other way around. Finding ways to cope with the symptoms and not the cause. Maybe go back after a big episode and try to break down the reason behind the reaction will help.
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Maddie
The Cycle
When people ask why i get so anxious, i always reply that my thoughts create a cycle of anxiety. It snowballs out of control and im left in a state of panic. I think it’s important to remember that there isn’t anything wrong with me and im not broken!
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Rose
Anxiety Cycle
I learned that I’m stuck in an anxiety cycle. I’m not unmotivated I just got myself stuck because I’m afraid to fail in life and by doing so im not giving myself a chance to succeed.
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Tenacity
Anxious moments
I am aware that anxiety is present in various forms and can be helpful or challenging; either way it’s part of the process of understanding possibilities and deserves respect, whether it is our own or as we experience this in others, compassion helps.
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Human
Girl Human Transformative understanding wavy frequency
I noticed that my focus is in and out. Im not sure if its stories, frequencies or energy checks to ensure secure space of privacy
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Human
Girl Human Transformative understanding wavy frequency
I felt that my energy of awareness to stay focused is shifted easily and often unnoticed until the story is louder and the space for understanding is fighting to listen to transmission
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Will
Today
I learn that I really do love the mountains walking in the sea. I feel down about my relationship and that I can’t seem to bring up things bother me from the past for fear of just raking up the embers
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brayde
I am okay
Today I learned I will be okay, to be aware of my breathing, and to take the time I need.
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Emily
understanding ➡️ acceptance
“Understanding this vicious cycle of anxiety helps us learn how to unwind it…to choose to respond differently…to learn how to make decisions based on our hopes rather than our fears ❤️”
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Serena
Avoidance makes it worse
As a longtime sufferer of anxiety and newly diagnosed PTSD, I’m coming to terms with the fact that I am the queen of avoidance. It really does make it worse, no joke. Every time I put myself in a (safe) situation with certain people I avoid because of my trauma, I feel less panicked. It makes it better and more manageable. Do it with a safety net if need be, but do it!
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Rach
Understanding my anxiety and the cycle of, will change my response to upcoming situations that may make me uncomfortable. Avoidance is key for short term relief, but long term relief is what we are all after here, being uncomfortable now will make me more comfortable in the future.
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Moi
Anxiety
I learned that avoiding situations will only make anxiety worse because the next time you come across as minimal situation, you will feel as though you are not able to do it or cope.
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Donielle
Relaxed
I am not my fear! Fake Reality Appearing Real. I feel relaxed now. Able to get on with my day.