“Reasons For Anxiety Always Comes Before Results.”
We live in a world of being caught up. So caught up in our daily to-do’s and pleasing others in fact that we rarely take the time to think that our emotional states could in fact be wrong! Meaning, you actually don’t have to feel the way you do right now each and every day in your present life.
1 – You’re Watching Too Much News
I’m known for being a straight shooter and telling it like it is with tremendous empathy backing up my words. So here it is, you don’t have to know every little detail over what’s going on in the world! There are many people today suffering from anxiety that feel like worry is a daily need. The more they worry the more productive they feel they are, the safer they feel, and the more connected they feel to themselves.
THESE ARE ALL ILLUSIONS!
You’re living in a delusional world if you believe that worry is preventing you from harm and is a necessary trait for your identity. Watching the news is one of those ways a person fulfills these ideas that float around in their head each day.
But here’s the truth, you don’t have to know it all. Heck, I’m perfectly fine with not knowing what the details are of the latest artificial intelligence robot, how world war 3 is progressing, and what Donald Trumps latest fiasco is politically. Turn the TV off already, you’ll live, and you’ll live better.
2 – No Direction Or Purpose In Life
Such a cliche I know but I had to remind you, because I care. If you don’t have a large enough reason that flings you out of bed each day, you’ll always be searching for temporary pleasures, and give into temptation. Your purpose must help to serve others and the world, and your life must have meaning. Without this deep meaning your life metaphor will always be something like…
“Life Is Like A Never-Ending Dark Tunnel Of Blah.”
You don’t want your life to be blah, do you? So stop waiting for the right feeling to show up, or the right time, and take a step in the right direction. Analyze what you’ve put on the shelf because of your anxiety and begin taking steps to get back into those passions. You may find that this kind of digging and acting on your hunches takes you right out of your anxiety, who would have known!?
3 – No Skills Related To Doing The Inner Work
‘Winging it’ was such a cool way to do things back in high school. To not give too much attention to anything, to study less, and to be the rebel of your class. The only problem with this is that you’ll fall into quicksand fast, and feel like you’re constantly trying to dig yourself out. The lesson is to stop doing everything at random and start organizing your skill sets for the day ahead. These skill sets can be related to these areas:
- Mental – Learning how to counter one way of seeing a situation with another
- Emotional – Learning how to allow yourself to feel differently about situations that cause you anxiousness
- Verbal – To speak to others in an opposing more empowering way than you have been
- Behavioural – Doing things that force you to level up in life, and step out of your comfort zone
- Imaginative – Imagining the best case scenario rather than the worst
Without a few powerful skill sets to apply during moments of sensitivity, your anxiety will sky rocket. You’ll find yourself at the mercy of your thoughts, feelings, and past memories. Looking at potential reasons for anxiety, I’d say take this one very seriously.
4 – Obsessive Thoughts (The Spider Web Effect)
The spider web effect is a habit where once a negative idea shows up in a persons conscious mind, they connect that limiting idea to another one, and another one, and so forth. This leads to a feeling that isn’t appreciated and actions that keep us from experiencing the day the way we’d like to. People give their thoughts way too much respect in this day and age, and there lies our biggest problem that leads to so much anxiety in todays world.
A thought is just A thought, an emotion is just an emotion
Did you know that you consciously and unconsciously go through around 70,000 thoughts per day? That’s a ton of thoughts, but the important question is why do you give more attention to some thoughts over others? The answer is due to habit, a system within you that only cares about your survival, and your upbringing.
Either way, we have no time for victimhood, so start recognizing the unlimited ways you have to question and respond to a thought, and start defying your fear and anxiety starting today.
5 – Uncertainty About The Future
There aren’t a whole lot of people that enjoy uncertainty, but this holds the key to your freedom. If you lose your job what’s the worst that can happen really? You move back in with your parents let’s say, and is that what you’re so scared of?
If your dog dies (harsh example, I know) what’s the worst that can happen? You’re saddened by the event for a few weeks before recognizing all the things you now get to do that you couldn’t do when you had a dog? Controlling every aspect of life is one of the biggest reasons for anxiety, as yourself if you’re on this boat now.
The Important Thing To Understand Here Is That Uncertainty Can Be Your Friend, And Certainty Doesn’t Have To Be Fought For Day In And Day Out
When you were a kid I bet you LOVED uncertainty. The playground, the new kid in school, the field trips and much much more. You didn’t know the outcome of those events, and yet you were in a pleasurable emotional state. That fun, adventurous, and care-free kid still lives within you, you just have to start listening to that voice.
6 – Environmental Factors
Your workplace, your friends, the clutter in your house. Let’s take the example of a cluttered house and how it creates a cluttered mind. You notice how different you feel once you’ve cleaned your house? It’s like a new you shows up! Empowered, clear, limitless. Imagine cleaning up the other environmental factors that could be the reasons for your anxiety, the same way you clean your house.
Yes, you will feel relieved, right after you feel the wrath of uncertainty (and that’s ok)
The lesson here is to take a deeper look into the environmental factors that are contributing to your anxiety. Do you want to stay friends with those energy vampires simply because it’s been such a familiar part of your life? Or do you want to tell the world about how you overcame an anxiety disorder? Start digging.
7 – Too Much Time Alone
The media has gained control over our brains, and alone time usually means social media time (or some other time wasting routine). If you’re currently spending a large portion of your time alone with yourself, you’ll unconsciously find ways to sabotage your life, I promise. Simply because we’re looking for the next thing that will turn our inner pain into pleasure as quick as possible.
For Most People It’s A lot Easier To Grab A Bag Of Cheetos And A Beer, Than To Grab A Pen And Paper And Analyze Why Their Anxiety Is Rising Daily
The key here is balance. You’ve got to start creating awareness as to how you can start becoming pat of the world again. Whether that be with like minded goal seeking individuals, or re-uniting with your old relationships, or joining a gym. The goal is to get started. Oh, and if your brain comes up with a hundred reasons for why you shouldn’t or can’t, that’s normal (this video will tell you why).
8 – Obsessing Over Bodily Symptoms Of Anxiety
One of the biggest reasons for anxiety is overly focusing on the potential ‘bad’ ending related to a bodily symptom of anxiety. A debilitating cycle that I talk about weekly on the Health Anxiety Podcast Show that traumatizes many people, sometimes on a daily basis.
There are many reasons for this type of obsessing habit, so a deeper look into each persons story is crucial
Some may be feeling the affects of past emotional trauma (which I believe is the biggest reason), some may be fighting toxicity in the body, some may have too much free time and filling it with other perceived ways of strengthening their chances of survival by worrying more (this was me). All I know is that no matter what your health anxiety story is, the understanding, the skill sets, and the faith in the process will get you to freedom.
9 – Past Trauma
My favourite and most commonly visited topic with my personal clients towards the reasons for anxiety. As you’ve heard me talk about in this YouTube video on questions to find out whether trauma is the culprit, these reasons can’t be overlooked. We don’t move through our days consciously, we move through our days unconsciously. Habit forms the life we live and habit becomes the effect of the cause which in this case means memories that haven’t been dealt with.
For every 10 people that go through my programs and my sessions, 9 of them are speaking with me due to past memory, and feel relief from their anxiety once their past traumas are re-negotiated
Bold, I know, and true! To re-negotiate your traumas means to let go. To see it as it is, not worse than it is, and to say your piece to the people in your past you need to. By emphasizing work around the imagination we can go back in time (work with a practitioner on this please) and see, hear, feel, taste, smell the experience differently. Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis are also sensational ways of doing this kind of inner work, if this is a part of the reasons for anxiety for you.
10 – Toxicity In Foods
Rarely discussed as one of the reasons for anxiety, and it’s not fair. Toxicity in foods must get more attention and further consciousness and awareness must overlap unconscious behaviours. Nutrition can be medicine or poison for the body, so don’t just go by what tastes good to you. Your taste buds have been bossed around for so many years that they literally don’t work the same way they once did.
Every bite of food is either healing your mental health or sabotaging it
I do feel however that the world is waking up and beginning to realize that their nutrition choices are not only affecting their longevity and disease, but also the quality of their present lives. Small actions towards conscious eating at any time in your life can have remarkable effects on on your overall well-being. So take this potential reason for your anxiety very seriously.
Here’s The Video Version Of This Post Below. Enjoy!