“Googling Symptoms Of Anxiety Can Turn Into A Self-Destructive Habit.”
I hear it all the time, “when one symptom of anxiety ends, another one appears.” The life of a sensitized anxiety sufferer that constantly finds themselves in front of a mobile device or computer, checking whether they’re ‘safe’ or not. The biggest problem to this whole cycle is that the re-assurance seeking becomes the main outlet, the main ways to cope with anxiety, and ultimately the entire strategy.
Every time a person finds themselves googling symptoms of anxiety, and asking another person for re-assurance, they’re adding one more brick on top of the house of pain.
That pain isn’t just mental and emotional pain either, that pain is related to real physical pain and spiritual detachment. A very important thing happens at this point, the person constantly googling symptoms of anxiety becomes an expert at masking their internal emotional state. Their identity revolves around discomfort, and working tirelessly to make it through the day with as little questions like “are you ok,” from others.
Health anxiety is draining, I’ve been there I should know! The brains filter system begins filtering things around what sort of threat it is to you. At this point anything can potentially bring on the flow of adrenaline and cortisol, preparing the body to fight back or flee from the situation. Sometimes it’s more progressive, and other times it’s more sudden.
Either way, it’s connected at the deepest subconscious level to the initial sensitizing event that caused the self punishing program in the first place.
When googling symptoms of anxiety, a person becomes detached from reality. I understand that reality differs from person to person, but what I’m talking about here is a pleasant engagement with our external world through our 5 senses. These 6 steps are a common theme for this type of deep sensitization:
- The feeling or sensation creates curiosity
- The curiosity leads to ‘what if’ thinking
- The what if thinking leads to panic/re-assurance seeking or googling symptoms of anxiety
- The re-assurance leads to a feeling of safety (I call it ‘The Fix’)
- That safety becomes the main desire each and everyday
- The cycle is maintained to meet that need/calling from the subconscious mind
If you’re currently googling symptoms of anxiety at each turn, it’s important that you understand the law of substitution. This law that I touch on in the end the anxiety program says that you can’t stop thinking, feeling, doing something, you can only substitute it for something else. In the case of googling symptoms of anxiety the main question you must ask yourself is this:
“What other types of actions could potentially provide me a sense of safety, while being more productive for the long run?”
I came to an understanding during my anxiety recovery that until I faced what I feared the most, and proved to myself that the catastrophic idea was just an idea and not a near future manifestation, I was going to suffer. So my initial choice of substitution action was to sit with it rather than run for answers from others, talk to my sensations with compassion and understanding rather than hate the feeling and try to make it go away, and sometimes walk with the sensations visualizing the idea of them being a fly around my face.
When the meaning changes, the feeling changes. This is why it’s so crucial to get out of any habit that keeps you coping and managing. Coping strategies rarely ever provide enough real deep insight to change a persons perceptions. But action will certainly be able to provide this to someone deeply sensitized.