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The disease of the 21st century, anxiety

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Anxiety is no longer something that you can feel at specific moments. It is not just an attack that occurs at a critical moment, or on bad days when things are not going well. Anxiety, unfortunately, has become a regular companion in many people’s daily lives. A way of living the constant uncertainty of modern life. And, therefore, a chronic condition.

Anxiety is one of the most common responses in today’s human beings due to the current accelerated and disconnected pace of life, to pressures and demands, both external and our own. Although perhaps the problem is not just falling into anxiety, but not having the tools to handle it.

According to psychological studies, it is not about eliminating it, this is not feasible, the goal is for people to be able to learn to regulate it and thus affect them as little as possible. Relaxation techniques, breathing control, the usual practice of sports, and above all, go to psychotherapy to change our management of the issues that generate our anxiety, for example, are recommended.

However, not being able to control anxiety can have many negative effects on our daily lives, and in various areas of our lives. The effects on physical health are many and varied because the body and mind are closely connected.

With anxiety, the body instinctively tenses up, producing pressure on the muscles, which can produce headaches, stiff shoulders, and neck pain. It can also cause changes in our daily behavior. There are small nervous tics that are accentuated with anxiety as gestures of restlessness that come out automatically. Touching your hair a lot, scratching yourself or moving your legs when you are sitting. Anxiety is also related to impulsive attitudes such as smoking, drinking, eating or buying more than usual.

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Of course, feeling anxious in our personal lives can affect our working lives. In fact, it is often the work itself that generates situations of anxiety. It is normal for workers, if they do not feel good at work, not to perform as well as they could, and for their productivity to decrease.

Another thing that anxiety can affect is our state of mind. It can influence the way we deal with situations and fill us with negativity. This feeling can attract intrusive and negative thoughts or worries and make us feel easily irritable. It also has the capacity to make us feel uncertain and insecure.

This not only affects our perception of our daily life. It also influences the way we behave and, therefore, how others perceive us. This can put the stability of our personal and romantic relationships at risk. This happens because we cannot think clearly and therefore we do not regulate our emotions well, becoming more irascible, nervous, isolated or pathetic.

The difficult thing when feeling these patterns that have been discussed is to have the clarity to identify them as the result of real anxiety. Even so, it should be made clear that feeling any of these symptoms does not directly imply that we are living with anxiety as a serious problem.

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