HOW TO CONQUER MENTAL MALADIES
Coping with Anxiety (Part 1 of Maladies Series)
by Diana Barnum
A normal reaction to stress is to take action & cope or run away. However, if excessive fear, worry or nervousness creates anxiety, these daily reactions can be can be distorted. Danger can be perceived in a simple outing to the grocery store, immobilizing a person. How can you tell if your reactions are normal or excessive?
Aaron T. Beck, Gary Emery and Ruth L. Greenberg share the following in their book Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective(New York: Basic Books, 1985):
Anxiety is generally considered a normal reaction if it is roused by a realistic danger and if it dissipates when the danger is no longer present. If the degree of anxiety is greatly disproportionate to the risk and severity of possible danger, and if it continues even though no objective danger exists, then the reaction is considered abnormal.
What causes anxiety? Several factors can cause this; among them, genetic predisposition, negative self-talk, inner conflicts, early childhood learned/social environment, physical/medical symptoms – illness, new medications, etc, coping and social behaviors. To learn more, let's look at the symptoms and the different forms anxiety can take.
If you have at least 4 of the following physical symptoms more than once in a four-week period, you may be suffering anxiety attacks:
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Racing heartbeat or palpitations
Hot flashes or chills
Strong fears about dying
Lose control or fear of going crazy
Feelings of unreality or being detached
PRINCIPLES OF THE ALEXANDER TECHNIQUE
Anne-Rene Lawton is a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique is a as well as ACE certified personal trainer and dancer. She shares her tips for incorporating the Principles of the Alexander Technique into your workouts at the gym:
1. Start to notice how you are using body when you exercise. When you bend to pick up weights do you use your hips, knees and ankles or the middle of your back?
2. Allow the neck muscles to stay free of excess tension so that the spine has room to lengthen as you exercise.
3. As you lift weights allow the torso to lengthen and widen, not shorten and narrow.
4. When lifting weights try not to tense other muscles that are not directly related to the exercise.
5. Do not jut the rib cage out when lifting weights. When the ribs push forward the back shortens and narrows straining the lower back.
6. Make sure you are upright when using the cardio equipment (treadmill, stationary bike, stairmaster, etc.). Collapsing the chest center makes it more difficult to breathe.
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