Unfortunately, we are bombarded with messages that are negative and attack values, beliefs, and well-being. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue now affecting as many as 40 million adults per the National Mental Health Institute as of 2016. One-half of those people will be also diagnosed with depression. (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
It is also one of the most treatable conditions yet many people suffer in silence. Symptoms such as mood swings, irritability, panic attacks, and ruminating thoughts affect work, relationships, and physical health and daily life activities. Many people will also not recognize this as a serious health problem until its effects have taken their cost on family and relationships.
God has given us incredible bodies and brains that work in amazing ways! In a short amount of time with positive psychology training and assessment, an anxiety disorder can be treated in a matter of a few sessions depending on the hard work and practice of an individual.
Here are some ways that retraining can help reduce common symptoms.
Simple Ways to Retrain our Brain to Reduce Anxiety:
+ Prayer and Mediation- Praying is not only scientifically proven to benefit us in many ways but faith has also changed our brains and has baffled scientists but not Christians.
+ Journaling: Using journaling at least one gratitude a day practices and trains our brain to think positively. Neurotransmitters are released in our brains when processing and working through our anxiety.
+ Practicing gratitude: Sometimes as little as 21 days of practicing gratitude in our words and actions can train our brain to produce and act more positively.
* Acts of Kindness: Showing and doing acts of kindness with no expectations in return train our brains that love does help by giving than receiving.