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Today I want to talk a little bit about the difference between being anxious a having a full-blown, debilitating anxiety attack. I mentioned in previous posts that we all have times when we’re a bit anxious. It’s a natural reaction to a perceived future threat. Sometimes it’s merely the fear of the unknown. Sometimes we’re afraid that we’ll embarrass ourselves or that we disappoint our loved ones. It’s often not a problem. It’s uncomfortable, but it can also be an excellent way to motivate you to work harder, and study more. Occasional feelings of anxiety are not a problem and not what we try to reduce during this challenge. 

On the other end of the spectrum are anxiety attacks. For a few unfortunate individuals, anxiety spirals so severely out of control. Their bodies release so many stress hormones that they have to deal with anything from total isolation to frequent panic attacks. It is also often accompanied by severe physical symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, migraines, etc. Treating these types of severe anxiety attacks is also outside of the scope of this challenge. If you suspect you’re suffering from this, please seek professional help immediately. 

What we can address is the stuff in the middle. If you are worried and anxious frequently and it’s starting to impact your quality of life and your health, without being a severe medical problem. If your anxiety impacts your sleep, your ability to relax, and enjoy life with your loved ones, I hope I can give you some tips and ideas to help you reduce it. Give this challenge a try, but if you feel yourself spiraling out of control and towards severe anxiety attacks, don’t hesitate to get help. 

What I can show you is how to relax, put your thoughts into perspective, calm your nervous system down, and change your attitude from constant worry and fear to looking forward to what the future brings.

Reflect on how often you’re feeling anxious on a given day, in a given week, or even a month. Between the spectrum of feeling a little anxious now and then and debilitating chronic anxiety, where do you think you’re at? Figure that out and then decide if this challenge could be helpful, or if you need more help. If you’re on the fence, give it a chance and see how it goes. You may not feel like you need to change at all, but I promise you that we can all benefit from a little less stress & anxiety and more relaxation in this day and age. 

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