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Obsessive Worries: When Are Obsessive Worries Out Of Control?

Jun 11, 2008
We live in a very stressful modern society and sometimes things get out of whack for people. It's easy to do. The balance in life is thrown off. And when balance it thrown off things like anxiety and depression creep in. Kind of like nature's way of telling us that something's wrong, that some problem needs to be addressed.

Unfortunately, in today's world the imbalances are greater the symptoms more wider spread than ever before.

What's to blame? Lots of things; an extremely fast paced society, lack of good nutrition, lack of good diet, drug and alcohol abuse, food allergies, financial worries, etc, the list goes on and on.

It's easy to get thrown out of balance, and when we do we often experience anxiety...or obsessive worries. Worry is normal, it helps us to not get into trouble to get thing done. But, when stressors throw us off balance sometimes worry starts to take over. Our brain chemistry shifts and we fall into a pattern of worry, of anxiety and often of depression.

When does it become out of control?

You have to ask yourself, are my fears irrational?

Do my fearful thoughts reoccur so often that I can't even relax or enjoy my life? At this point things are way out of balance. Your sympathetic nervous system (the one that makes us alert) is in overdrive.

There are lots of ways to cope with anxiety or obsessive worries... the most important and first steps are a cleaner diet and lots of exercise. You'll sleep better, you'll feel more at ease, you'll have more control over your thoughts.

Supplementation with magnesium and all the alkaline minerals (magnesium, calcium, potassium, and sodium) is a great idea. Also, eat more fruits and veggies.

There are products out there for alkalizing the body through these minerals, these will help you parasympathetic nervous system (one that calms us down) start to take more and more control over your body.

Meditation and relaxation exercises are also of great importance. Try this exercise on a daily basis to calm your mind. Simply close your eyes and mentally relax each part of your body over and over, take about ten mins.

The culmulative effects of this exercise are astounding.

If you're still experiencing obsessive worries (anxiety) and/or panic attacks (racing thoughts, racing heartbeat, irrational fears) then it's time to try some behavorial techniques. The best I've found is using a cognitive behavioral method.
About the Author
Michael Smith, the author, is a recovered anxiety and stress-aholic. He enjoys tranquil wooded lakes and helping others achieve peace. You can find out more about cognitive behavorial methods at his webpage, http://www.squidoo.com/obsessive-worries .
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