How often do you suffer from anxiety? Have you noticed a pattern that always makes you anxious or is it coming out of nowhere, mindfully creeping up on you and suddenly taking a strong grip?
Age of Anxiety
In this Age of Anxiety, one may wonder if this is a phrase coined in the postmodern age for something that always existed, but which was never addressed properly. If you were to consult a psychiatrist, they would most likely explain the presence of today’s anxieties as a consequence of uncertainty and constant striving for “more”, the Internet and social media revolution which make it difficult for us to “switch off”.
Most people aren’t satisfied with giving 100 percent, believing there’s always room for more and better.
Weekends turned into finishing errands and although not being physically in the office, the work continues, the brain is occupied with current and future projects.
Rest is considered any activity that isn’t ‘full-time work’: online availability, brainstorming during family meals, spending time with the children while talking on the phone or checking emails on the Blackberry. If not ‘real’ work, then at least this isn’t a rest for the mind. As an utmost curious person, I tend to dwell on questions and run things through my mind until total exhaustion, but by switching off reality on a frequent basis, my brain has the chance to restore and continue further.
Being dependant on continuous achievements for the feeling of going forward and keeping pace with the speedy world is the primary cause of anxiety nowadays. This isn’t to say that our ancestors didn’t suffer from stress. They were raised in wars, bloodshed, suffered traumas – how about that uncertainty? And yet, we are the ones complaining, while having all one could ask for: normal lives. The explanation may well be that anxiety hadn’t been confirmed as a condition until Freud.
Far from doubting the existence of these ‘life-creepers’, all I’m trying to say is that external factors can be shut down. After all, anxiety is a personal experience. As such, the individual is in full control of it. ‘Letting go’ should be easy, most of the time.
Seriously, you run your personality and individuality. Why let the mind play tricks on you and pick up modern tendencies. Fight it by refusing to distinguish it as such. Worries and fears have always been a normal component in our lives.
By not attributing fancy terms and dealing with them like with any other problem (finding solutions to eliminate the worry), the results may turn out to be better than therapy or drugs. Because, as you may know, overthinking leads to many types of mental disorders or, if you’re lucky to be among 0.000001% of the population, an ingenious revelation. A risk or a suicide?
Have you dealt with anxieties? What is your experience?