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Understanding The Cycle Of Anxiety

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Hannah Castillo
Mental Health Counselor
Some anxiety is a part of life. There is no way to avoid it completely. Understanding the cycle of anxiety can help you recognize how our basic responses to anxiety can sometimes contribute to an increase in overall anxiety. Using strategies like mindfulness and deep breathing may help you to confront stressful situations head-on. This can help to break the cycle of anxiety.
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Do you go in depth with anxiety? I’ve had it most of my life still trying to manage it along with prescriptions from my doctor.
Anxiety - short term vs long-term
I learned that avoiding a situation that triggered anxiety may make today more comfortable, but can start a cycle for anxiety to create unhealthy repeated levels of stress in future. Short term gain vs long term pain is not a solution. Procrastination is part of this self-defeating habit. For example, if you fell and took painkiller everyday for a month and avoided going to a doctor, you might still have a broken bone that can’t heal. Once you commit to getting a real diagnosis, that bone will be stronger than before.