Do you ever feel overwhelmed by worries? Do you find yourself dwelling on concerns big (is my job safe?) and small (that darn clogged sink!)?
You are not alone. Anxiety levels in the USA and Australia are the highest they’ve been in seven decades, surveys show.
1. Money and work woes are at the top of most people’s freak-out lists.
2. E-mailing, texting, and tweeting aren’t helping; social technology has reduced actual face time (a known stress reliever) and made us compulsively available to everyone at all times.
3.Women suffer most — they are twice as likely as men to be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, which involves excessive worry about a wide range of things (and requires medical attention).”Women are more likely to feel responsible for taking care of others’ well-being,” says Robert Leahy, director of the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy.
4.And in this “you-can-do-it!” era, some of us think we can power through anxiety, which only exacerbates the problem.
5.Chronic stress has been linked to weight gain, depression, and even cancer. But this doesn’t have to be your fate.
You can actually train your brain to be less anxious. Recent studies have found that both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques can make positive changes to your gray matter, ones actually visible in a brain scan.