Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.
People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns. They may avoid certain situations out of worry. They may also have physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, dizziness, or a rapid heartbeat.
Anxiety is not the same as fear, but they are often used interchangeably. Anxiety is considered a future-oriented, long-acting response broadly focused on a diffuse threat, whereas fear is an appropriate, present-oriented, and short-lived response to a clearly identifiable and specific threat.
What are 5 symptoms of anxiety? Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:
- Feeling nervous, restless or tense.
- Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom.
- Having an increased heart rate.
- Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
- Feeling weak or tired.
- Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry.
I listen to a lot of podcasts! I actually found a podcast, by Mel Robbins, with her guest Dr. Russell Kennedy, that made a huge impact on my life.
This podcast is a series of two regarding anxiety. In these two episodes, I learned that everything I believed about anxiety was wrong.
This podcast explains:
- how to understand and heal your relationship with anxiety,
- how to discover where your anxiety comes from,
- common mistakes people make when trying to reduce their anxiety,
- the difference between stress and anxiety,
- how to regulate your nervous system in the moment as well as
- ways to reduce your anxiety long term and much more.
Dr. Russell Kennedy, aka “The Anxiety MD.” Dr. Kennedy specializes in the art and neuroscience of helping people recover from anxiety disorders. He knows anxiety from the inside out, as he developed his own anxiety disorder as a result of growing up with a dad with severe schizophrenia. Dr. Kennedy has degrees and advanced training in medicine, neuroscience and developmental psychology —but it’s not all science, as he is also a certified yoga and meditation teacher and was a professional stand-up comedian for over a decade (no joke!)
In his award-winning book and audiobook, ANXIETY RX, he shows a practical, actionable program for anxiety relief that incorporates a combination of the latest in neuroscience with the grounding wisdom of the body with the ultimate goal of relieving the anxious thoughts of the mind.
Dr. Kennedy is a medical doctor with an additional degree in neuroscience, committed to helping people who struggle with mental illness. His theory, suggestions, proficiency, and expertise regarding anxiety has changed my mind set on anxiety. He explains how we actually can heal anxiety with simple techniques…believing all anxiety comes from childhood trauma.
Here are the two episodes:
Mel Robbins: The Toolkit for Healing Anxiety Podcast #56/Mel Robbins Part 1 Dr. Russell Kennedy Guest
Mel Robbins: The Toolkit for Healing Anxiety Podcast #57/zmrl Robbins Part 2 Dr. Russell Kennedy Guest
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