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Anxiety Is Eating You Up From Within? 10 Great Ways To Regain Control Over Your Life!

We all have been nervous about something – a wedding, an MA or a PhD defense, an important business presentation, or a graduation speech. This is more or less a normal reaction of the body that generally does not impede our performance. However, if you are one of the forty million Americans that have been diagnosed with some kind of anxiety disorder, read on, because this article is for you! In it, I will be looking at the ten simple steps you’ve got to take so as to regain control over your life. No matter if you’ve got a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) or a panic disorder, you can rely on these strategies to help you reduce your anxiety in the long run....

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Science Explains 5 Ways to Overcome Anxiety And Increase Mental Strength

Did you know people with anxiety tend to notice changes in facial expressions quicker than those without anxiety? However, their perceptions don’t always match up with reality, according to a study published in the Journal of Personality. Those with anxiety tend to overthink and easily jump to conclusions, which can lead to conflict in personal relationships. Anxiety can wreak havoc on someone’s life and can become debilitating without proper treatment. Anxiety usually presents with some or all of the following symptoms: Excessive anxiety and worry – about various different activities – occurring more days than not for at least six months Difficulty controlling the anxiety Restlessness Difficulty falling or staying asleep Easily fatigued Trouble focusing Muscle tension Irritability Significant impairment in work, school, and/or...

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Neuroscientists Explain How Music Can Lower Anxiety

After a stressful day, nothing feels better than getting in the car and turning the radio on full blast to drown out the problems in our lives. For centuries, people have turned to music to lift their spirits when they feel sad or need to lower anxiety; in the modern world, music plays a more important role than ever. Studies continue to show that music helps lower stress levels and results in decreased stress when faced with a difficult task. Without music, would life even be worth it? It’s difficult to imagine a world devoid of any kind of music; luckily, we can always put in our headphones and drift away into a different world. If music helps you in any way, you’ll...

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Breathing for Life: The Mind-Body Healing Benefits of Pranayama

“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth.” ~Sanskrit proverb Breath is essential to life. It is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do when we leave. In between that time, we take about half a billion breaths. What we may not realize is that the mind, body, and breath are intimately connected and can influence each other. Our breathing is influenced by our thoughts, and our thoughts and physiology can be influenced by our breath. Learning to breathe consciously and with awareness is the fourth limb of yoga, and it can be a valuable tool in helping to restore balance in the mind and body. Researchers have...

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How to Calm an Anxious Stomach: The Brain-Gut Connection

Ever wonder why you get “butterflies” in your stomach before doing something stressful? Or why you feel like your stomach is “tied in knots” after an argument? Ever had a meeting with a toilet that went longer than expected and it wasn’t caused by anything you ate?  Stomach problems are one of the most common symptoms of stress and anxiety. Researchers have identified a powerful connection between the gut and the brain. Like the brain, the gut is full of nerves. It contains the largest area of nerves outside the brain with the digestive tract and the brain sharing many of the same nerve connections. Whether it’s a single nerve-wracking event or chronic worry and stress over time, stress can...

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