Age of Anxiety
We seem to have entered the Age of Anxiety. The constant stress and uncertainties of living in the 21st century have certainly taken their toll, and as a result many of us seem to live a life of constant fear and worry. Stress is a ‘normal’ function of everyday life. Only when it appears to take over our lives and turns into anxiety does it then take away our inspiration and becomes a problem.
3 Causes of Stress
Three of the most commonplace causes of stress and anxiety in today’s world are:
- Possible terrorist attacks/danger
- The economy/finances
- Being too busy
The first two of these causes are a bit difficult for us to change, but the third one, being too busy, is within our reach to do something about.
Not getting enough down time is such a common complaint these days. We are always on the go and always reachable. We don’t make time to relax and enjoy life any more. Often, we feel pressure to do these things because we think we HAVE to, not because we WANT to.
Everyone will have different reasons why a situation causes them pressure. As a rule it’s usually when we don’t feel in control of a situation, then we feel its grip tightening around us causing us to feel worried or stressed. If stress is caused by us not feeling in control of a situation, the answer is to try to reverse this, and regain that control.
The good news is: YOU CAN! You have everything inside you that you need to overcome your stress and the accompanying anxiety. The problem is, often we don’t realize that we are in control because we feel so out of control at time. But the tools are there, you just have to use them. Let’s look at the barriers we put up that are preventing us from becoming healthy and getting rid of our anxiety and stress.