Why is it so common for people to experience neck ache and anxiety and other bodily strains? Anxiety can often cause physical sensations; but should you be surprised about any of it?
“Work, therefore, to be able to say to every harsh appearance, you are but an appearance, and not absolutely the thing you appear to be”. – Epictetus, The Enchiridion. (Written 135 A.C.E)
How to get over anxiety disorder?
Part of recovering from anxiety is recognizing anxiety. This means becoming familiar with it, almost like a best-friend. One reason why you might find this difficult is because of the public perception to anxiety and so it is important to question this and scrutinize it.
Anxiety affects just over 1/4 people in the UK. Because it is uncommon, many people foolishly believe that it is “surprising” to suffer from anxiety. It is tainted with a ‘negative uniqueness’ or a ‘special’ type of ‘illness’ if you like. This is very wrong for two simple reasons. Firstly, anxiety “disorder” is the defence mechanism of ‘anxiety’ that is present within every human rolling out of control – similarly with panic. Therefore, there is nothing alien about it to us to begin with. Secondly, and this gravitates to the central argument here, it really is not surprising that people suffer from anxiety, despite it is uncommon by statistic.
We live in a society cultured around competition and driven by pressure and performance which produces an attitude of perfectionism in people. One of the biggest fuels for anxiety is a perfectionist mindset because it overtakes capability with a difficult and often un-achievable view of the future. Is it no surprise, therefore, that 1/4 suffer from their anxiety response rolling out of control? Not really, I say. Society says “set yourself perfection and achieve it”, whereas you should unleash your creative and human side, instead taking the view of “what can I do with my abilities to complete this task”.
So, how is any of this any help? Why does it pay to recognize anxiety in this subtle way? Well, understanding that your anxiety or panic disorder is not an alien phenomena cultivates pragmatism. It is training your mind to remove feelings of guilt, alienation and difference from what is an unsurprising situation. Many people who suffer from anxiety or panic as a result of life or childhood trauma even have their anxiety levels exacerbated by the stresses and struggles of modern life, particularly concerning work; to not acknowledge this would be to discount the complexity of anxiety. So don’t count yourself out; embrace your anxiety, and understand that in a world like this it really is not surprising. By doing this, you will begin to reconcile your anxiety. You will begin to take it head on and not ignore it. You will begin to understand that anxiety is not as uncommon as it appears to be and the reasons why it exists are not as esoteric as you have previously been told.
Think like this and you will help yourself. Understand that, like many others, anxiety is present and very real. But it is not surprising. So say to yourself, when you suffer, “this really is not surprising”.