Updated on 6th March 2021
Some people think anxiety is “all in the mind”. However, some of the major curative experiences which helped to alleviate my own constant state of social anxiety (in my teens and twenties) were physical:
– Learning to do judo, from the age of fourteen to eighteen years. And running in the Phoenix Park, in Dublin.
– Learning to relax – (Passive Progressive Relaxation therapy) – and to paint pictures (Art therapy) – when I was twenty-two years old.
A soothing philosophy of live will help to reduce your anxiety, but you also need to work on your diet, exercise, sleep and physical relaxation needs!
Dr Jim Byrne, Doctor of Counselling, March 2021
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How to Reduce and Control Your Anxiety Level: Using a whole body-brain-mind approach
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By Dr Jim Byrne and Renata Taylor-Byrne
Anxiety is not a disease; not a mental illness. Anxiety is part of our normal, innate, mental signalling system which tells us what is happening to us, and what to do about it. That is to say, it is part of our emotional wiring. Our emotional intelligence.
Trying to get rid of anxiety with drugs is like hanging two overcoats and a duvet over your burglar alarm when it goes off. The burglar alarm is designed to give you helpful information, which you can then use to guide your action. Should you check to see if a burglar has got into your house? Or call the police? Or realize that you’d mismanaged your alarm system, and that you should therefore switch it off?
Once you understand anxiety correctly, it becomes as useful as a burglar alarm; and you can learn how to manage it correctly.
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You should have got just such an Instruction Book about your anxiety alarm, from your parents, when you were very young – and some people did. But if your alarm goes off at all times of day and night, in unhelpful ways, then I guess you were one of the unlucky ones who did not get your Instruction Book. This book contains your Instruction Book, plus lots of other backup information, which will help to make you the master of your anxiety, instead of its quaking slave.
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How to Control Your Anger, Anxiety and Depression:
Using nutrition and physical activity.
Changing your philosophy of life will not control your emotions, unless you also attend to your diet and exercise needs.
It is now increasingly being argued, by cutting edge scientists, that the root cause of physical and mental health problems is inflammation in the body, especially in the guts. The concept of leaky gut giving rise to leaky brain is increasingly being verified; and very often the causes of anxiety, depression and anger are to be found in the client’s diet; or their lack of physical exercise.
By Renata Taylor-Byrne and Jim Byrne
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