Things ha d to be repeated ( or practiced) in order for you to feel anxiety when it is not necessary. You certainly did not do this on purpose.
Your brain is primed to pay more attention to negative experiences rather than positive ones, as the negative ones may harm you.
As I said before, it is not the anxiety that is the problem but how you think about it and how you respond to it.
If in the above example, you worry about being late, and feel stressed, anxious or angry at being stuck in traffic, your brain is alert to this negative situation.
The dangers that your brain is responding to, are no longer life-or-death situations, but day-to- day experiences.
All the ‘self-talk’ that goes on inside your head.
Physical symptoms, maybe even panic attacks develop. The pathway in your brain for anxiety becomes stronger. It is able to connect your worries with the physical symptoms in your body.
If you worry about a meeting, or dread going somewhere in case you have anxiety, your brain pays attention to this. New pathways are created relating to anxiety. Now if someone mentions the ‘meeting’ or the place ‘you dread going’ your anxiety pathway is activated, and your brain can give you everything related to anxiety.
Your worries, the physical symptoms, they all appear automatically. Just like reading this page.
You can now feel anxiety in many situations and not know why.
You have your own automatic pilot for anxiety.
What your brain pays attention to becomes real.
You are now living with an automatic stress response.
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