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Many individuals learn to use substances as a method to reduce uncomfortable arousal.
You were not born with anxiety.
Anxiety is a learned state that has become a path of least
resistance. It becomes a subconsciously driven habitual way of being.
Anxious individuals are at risk for developing anger, depression and/or addiction issues. People who feel anxious often have become very talented at creating the thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to an anxious state. So talented in fact that the state of anxiety can be subconsciously triggered at a moments notice.
It is not unusual for the anxious individual to become fixated on internal and external negative judgments. Common thoughts are “I can't breathe, I can't think straight, my mind is either in a fog or it is racing." Going through life feeling on edge, apprehensive and uneasy can play havoc with mental and physical states. People who describe themselves as panicky and fretful seem to be more susceptible to feeling run down and are more likely to attract colds, flu and experience headaches and stomach aches.
For the addict or problem user this creates a vicious cycle. Patterns "wind" up the individual. The use of substances are intended for winding down (original intention), but only create more problems (manifested outcomes.)
I cannot control the racing of my mind.
I cannot trust the decisions I make when anxious.
I begin the day feeling stressed.
I feel anxiety is located in my chest.
I have trouble breathing fully.