This Is Why Anxious People Catastrophize

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No, it's not because you're doing something wrong. All anxious people tend to blow their problems out of proportion to at least some extent. Sure, some people do it more than others, but the reality is that if you feel anxious you tend to view minor problems as potential nightmares. The question is why? Why do otherwise rational human beings torture themselves like this? To my mind, much of this has to do with the fundamental nature of anxiety itself. We can use many words to describe what that is, but most basically it boils down to

Why Does Anxiety Make You Think Crazy Stuff?

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Let's be honest, you're a little crazy. You want to know something interesting though? So is everyone else. In fact, researchers have known for sometime that virtually everyone has "crazy" thoughts. What is a crazy thought? Well, I'd say it's any thought that you would prefer not to share with others because it could cause them to think that you are nuts. But the truth is that most people experience intense thoughts related to things like sex, violence and religion. For example, have you ever imagined yourself socking a stranger square in

19 Reasons to Get a Service Dog For Your Anxiety

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Today's guest post is brought to you by Christina of Comehereboy.com. Christina has been training dogs for over a decade and developed her website to teach others to train their dogs to manage anxiety - Paul Dooley Anxiety had taken my life from me. My brain no longer seemed to do what I wanted it to, despite force of will and healthy habits. I was left sobbing on my bed feeling alone (despite having my husband wrapped around me) some nights or having to sit in the foyer of the church because I suddenly felt like going into a class was too

Here’s How to Get Stress and Anxiety Hormones Out of Your Body!

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This week's guest post is brought to by author and certified nutritionist Terry Givens. Terry is the author of the book Reset Your Body which details how you can reverse years of unhealthy living. To learn more about Terry and his series of detoxes visit Resetyourbody.com. - Paul Dooley In America, we, as a society tend to downplay the physical impacts of stress and anxiety. THEY ARE REAL! And they manifest into physical ailments just as easily as bacteria and viruses manifest into ailments. Believe it. HOW? Your body is a very simple

Why Does Anxiety Cause Dizziness?

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Dizziness is common among anxious people. In fact, researchers have found a definite link between persistent dizziness and anxiety. This is particularly true if you have a history of panic attacks. Anxiety related dizziness comes in many different forms and can range from annoying to downright terrifying. It can make you feel like the room is spinning, like you're off balance, or like you might fall down. At the height of my anxiety I experienced this symptom a lot and often felt like I was walking on a boat. I remember on one night in

Nature, Your Health, Your Happiness

Today's guest post was written by Rhana Pytell Kozak. Rhana is a passionate advocate for the role of Nature in health and healing. She is the CEO/founder of BRIGHTERSTEP. You can contact her at Rhana@brighterstep.com. - Paul Dooley What happens when you walk in Nature, a park, or a botanical garden? Research is revealing an emerging picture that plants live in a world we can barely imagine, perfumed by clouds of chemicals rich in information. Evidence continues to emerge regarding the stupendous plant healing energies and messages

Nature vs. Nurture: What Causes Abnormal Anxiety?

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I have to be honest with you, for a long time I didn't care what caused my anxiety. The only thing I really cared about was making it stop. This view, however, wasn't just short-sighted, it was flat-out dumb. In fact, there's good reason to ponder where your anxiety comes from. Mostly, it helps answer crucial questions like why this, why now and why me? The answer to these basic questions can provide critical insight and a massive dose of reassurance. You see, usually when people come down with anxiety, confusion quickly sets in. Clear

The 1 Strategy You Need to Lower Anxiety

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If you're struggling with anxiety right now there's a good chance that you feel overwhelmed. You might even feel like you're headed in the wrong direction and like things might get worse. But it doesn't have to be that way. What's crazy is that changing this mindset is relatively easy. All you have to do is rip a page out of your junior high algebra book and apply the concept of simplification. This is where you literally try to find the simplest form of a problem to make it easier to handle. The same concept can be applied to your

Are You Really Going to Be Okay?

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You're probably not always confident about your ability to be okay. And I understand why. You are filled with doubt, negative anticipation, and fear, which isn't exactly a recipe for confidence, right? When you're calm you can tell yourself a hundred logical reasons why you are going to be okay, and in the moment things feel manageable. But the minute that anxiety knocks at your door, you freeze and wonder if this is the end - the day that your worst nightmare comes to life. This happens for several reasons, chief among them is the fact