The Anxiety Cycle - Break Out from Vicious Circle of Anxiety

 The  Vicious Circle of Anxiety Cycle




            Let's talk about the anxiety cycle in two minutes when we interpret a situation as potentially dangerous and then we avoid it our brain sends out this rush of relief as if to say "whew that was close I could have died!" but our brain doesn't stop there it then says "let's make my human do that again 


            so I can survive the next time" so it then increases our anxiety around a situation.


           Avoidance of things that we think may be dangerous is the one thing that actually makes our anxiety grow and grow. 


           but avoidance can be addictive because it feels good at the moment.


           Anxiety is a natural and helpful emotion that is supposed to protect us from real physical danger like rattlesnakes and cliffs but when we feel anxious about things that are actually safe like public speaking or social situations and then we avoid those situations we can actually create a heightened anxiety response that leads to more and more avoidance which leads to more and more anxiety which spirals into a situation where our world is shrinking as we avoid more and more situations. 


           This is called the anxiety cycle and it not only gives us a clear explanation of what causes our anxiety to increase but it also shows us the key to decreasing anxiety. So just as the brain learns something is dangerous when we avoid it can also learn that something is actually safe when we face it and survive. 


            Our brain's inherent ability to rewire itself is called neuroplasticity. 


            This basically means we can change the physical structure of our brain by changing how we think and how we act.

 

            In essence, the most powerful and effective way to combat anxiety is to distinguish between real and perceived danger and then to gradually face those fears instead of avoiding them.











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