Health Anxiety and Solutions

It’s always important to take care of oneself using all the principles of good health. Regular check-ups, proper nutrition and healthful living all enable one to keep on top of their health in a careful yet reasonable way. Often one becomes overly concerned with health issues and caught up in a cycle of health worries. One health issue is reconciled when another immediately pops up to take its place. These worries become all encompassing and exhausting after a while.

Eventually, the individual realizes that this cycle of health anxieties has intruded upon the quality of their life. A dark cloud, always hovering over daily living, this intrusive form of anxiety has to be addressed. One begins by determining why this is occurring, what purpose does it serve and how to interrupt this behavior.

Reason for Health Anxiety

Health worries actually serve a purpose and this purpose is not difficult to detect if one looks deep enough into this pattern of behavior. Often this pattern involves the brain distracting from specific emotions which the individual finds difficult to address.

Many emotions are so overwhelming, such as anger, grief or fear, that the brain looks for ways to distract. Health worries fit the bill because when one worries intensely about their health, there is little room to address an upsetting emotion.

Health worries blanket every other thought and this WORKS. This is the perfect distraction from unsettling emotions. When one worry is reconciled, another takes it place to veil the unaddressed emotion. Each health worry has a strong purpose, as it masks the true upsetting emotion, which is much more difficult to face in the long run.

Solution

– Recognition and acknowledgment of the Health Anxiety habit, one worry quickly following another in a noticeable loop that never ends. Awareness of this cycle is always the first step to reconciliation of the issue.

– Determining if this health worry is a true physical problem by visiting one’s primary physician and ruling out a definite physical cause for the difficulty. Always rule out a physical cause before assuming it is merely health anxiety.

– Noticing that these health worries settle down when you become intensely interested in another topic or swept into a new relationship, job or cause.

– Identify your patterns. Do you experience twinges of symptoms that often jump from one area of the body to another? Do you find yourself overestimating physical intrusions and instantly jump to the conclusion that they signify danger or warrant the attention of an alert?

– Find interests that involve your entire being. Lose yourself in things that allow you little time for inward thinking. True illness does not surface through boredom as do these behaviors. True health problems do not generally follow the same time table as health anxieties do. Health worries are stronger during times of boredom and when one lacks interests. An intelligent mind requires challenges and goals.

– Activity is an important therapeutic tool against health worries. Exercise and movement invigorate and stimulate the mind and body in a positive way. Endorphins are released and Serotonin levels are boosted naturally when activity is a part of a daily routine. Moderate walking, jogging, tennis, swimming and dancing are all helpful activities that bring forth positive results.

– Nutrition is also essential to good health which in itself helps eliminate the strong habit of negative thinking, often concerning health worries. When eating properly, Serotonin levels are naturally boosted and blood sugar levels remain stable. This helps settle down an over-reactive mind, leading to a lessening in health anxieties.

– Talk back to the brain by firmly telling it to stop when health worries enter the mind. Shift into a more positive mode of thinking because you always have a choice in what you think about.

The mind will respond by quieting down as negative thoughts subside. The brain, caught red handed in this behavior is instantly embarrassed causing it to suspend this cycle of negative thought. This is comparative to a child being caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Embarrassment at being caught, stops this intrusive behavior.

– Be aware of “what if” thinking. If the majority of sentences you think begin with “what if” then this is proof of a strong health anxiety habit. Change “what if” thinking to “so what” and watch the cycle break.

Most of all, understand that worry solves nothing. Health worries, in particular will only serve to exhaust and deplete both mind and body. Consciously make a concerted effort to change the way you think and you will succeed in changing your life. You will go from self victimization to freedom from the intrusive habit of fearful worry.

You always have a choice. Life can be wonderful and fulfilling when you learn to alter your perspective and chose a more positive point of view. You always have a choice. Never define yourself by your habit of worried thinking. Do not be victimized by health anxiety and fear. With a few simple corrections, especially in thinking, you will find your life changes from being difficult and upsetting to becoming easier and much more fulfilling on a daily basis.

Health Anxiety Symptoms – How a Simple Trick Can Completely Eliminate Them

If you currently experience any unpleasant health anxiety symptoms, you could benefit from using a simple tip that’s recently been discovered, and which is proving highly beneficial to health anxiety sufferers.

It’s based on the very old (and very well-known) trick of breathing into a paper bag to normalize your breathing during a panic attack, or when you’re hyperventilating.

When your breathing is too shallow, and when you hyperventilate, your body becomes over-oxygenated. This can cause many of the symptoms associated with panic attacks, and with health anxiety in particular: headaches, dizziness, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, and many more.

Breathing into a paper bag during a panic attack, or when you’re hyperventilating, helps to fight off these symptoms by correcting the balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide. By breathing in your own carbon dioxide from inside the paper bag you remove the excess oxygen from your body.

This trick can produce good results for anxiety suffers while they’re experiencing an attack.

But there’s a slightly different way to apply this paper bag idea, and it can produce incredible results in combating the undesirable physical symptoms associated with health anxiety, and with all forms of panic disorder.

It’s the same concept, applied very differently.

Instead of breathing into a paper bag during an attack, or while you’re hyperventilating, you do it a handful of times a day when you’re not having an attack, and when you’re not hyperventilating.

This is a completely different approach to using the paper bag trick. It goes from being “cure” to being “prevention.”

And prevention has to be better than cure, because it means the attack never has to come.

And here’s why this idea can work so well: people who suffer with extreme anxiety are almost always in a state of over-oxygenation. This is because anxiety sufferers’ breathing is always too shallow, which means the oxygen or carbon dioxide levels are never correctly balanced.

If an anxiety sufferer breathes into a paper bag for 30 or 40 seconds, 4 or 5 times throughout the day, their oxygen/carbon dioxide levels will be more balanced than they have ever been before.

The first benefit of this will be far fewer panic attacks, simply because the breathing will be under control, and the oxygen/carbon dioxide levels will be balanced.

But it’s the second benefit that can really make the difference.

Many of the physical and mental sensations experienced as a result of health anxiety are caused because of extremely shallow breathing. These same problems are present in almost all forms of panic and anxiety disorder, and it all comes down to the body being over-oxygenated.

And using the paper bag trick in this new way can go a long way to preventing this physical state from happening, which in turn can cause a massive reduction in the mental and physical symptoms experienced by those with extreme anxiety.

So take 30 or 40 seconds a few times a day to breathe into a paper bag, get that oxygen or carbon dioxide balance back to normal, and see the difference it can make in reducing or even eliminating your health anxiety symptoms, and the symptoms experienced with all forms of anxiety and panic disorder.