Stress is a common condition to have these days. If we were to think back, back to the 60s, 70s, 80s…when people used to wear those large lealingapel jackets, wide bell-bottoms, very fluffy hair. Do you remember the roads? In documentaries, movies, don’t they seem nearly empty? Very little seems to be there. The cars seem to move freely and there were no real traffic jams. I was just walking in Ealing today and the traffic was chocca. Then, there were fewer people. Something like 3 billion people in the world.
Stress and anxiety are related, but often confused. Stress is tension associated with a specific event (e.g. a test or a job), while anxiety is a non-specific worry about the future. To find relief, people with anxiety may turn to repetitive routines, preoccupations, or addictions.
There are now 7+ billion people on this earth. It is inevitable that we will feel more stress from more people and more demands being made upon us. How do we all fit in? But we seem to dont we? Passing your driving test was a simple thing. There was no separate theory and practical test. There were fewer markings on the road. Less to interfere with your driving. Fewer cars and people to navigate around. When I take a stress test and use my biofeedback machine on a client I find there is a considerable lowering in stress levels when people learn to use methods and approaches which help to reduce stress.
Medication for anxiety
If the anxiety is extremely severe, some can take medication to help them along. Anti-snxiety medication can be very effective if the anxiety is sever or goes on for a long time. In the long-term it is best not to be on medication. They may help to combat feelings of anxiety so that you can deal with problems effectively again.It is useful to work with CBT to reduce the levels of medication and to increase relaxation levels with relaxation strategies and thoughts. Those who are anxious have a physiology and mindset that is very different then those who are not anxious.
Like all medicines, anti-anxiety medication does have some side effects, though these are usually mild and tend to wear off as the treatment goes on. Antidepressants can be very helpful for severe and long-term depression. They take awhile to take effect and you need to give about two or three weeks to feel it starting to work. Do not take yourself off medication suddenly but taper it off with your doctor's advice. Sudden withdrawal also has its side-effects. Medications do have possible side-effects. Doctors will ask you to stick with the medication unless side-effects are very bad. Request a change of medication if it is bad, you may find the replacement may suit you more.
There is such a myth over anxiety. Many live for years, if not decades in that state - thinking it is 'normal' and acceptable to be anxious. There are ways to learn your way out of anxiety states. It is a rare for there to be no treatment at all for anxiety. Many treatments believe you need to stay in it, experience it and accept your lot. I do not think so but in order to move out of anxiety you would need to learn the skills and habits of those who are not anxious.
Keeping and maintaining the reduction in stress though requires a mindset change, thinking differently. Thinking differently helps. It really does help to reduce stress. Or whenever you feel stressed it may really help to just stop and take a deep breadth in and out. Sometimes the simplest things are a very good way to start.