When it comes to panic attacks, these words are just as true today as they were in 1932, “the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by anxiety and fears, you’re one of many humans who has struggled with this problem for ages. Even the ancient Greek philosophers thought about how best to balance life to achieve happiness and keep anxiety and depression at bay, and some researchers today are even trying to use those ideas to help people in our modern world. We have newer methods to deal with anxiety as well, but sometimes it’s a comfort to know that throughout human history people have struggled to find balance in both physical and mental health.
Catastrophizing, or worrying about the worst possible things that could happen in any situation, is something many people do occasionally, but those prone to anxiety sometimes get stuck in these thinking patterns and have trouble extricating themselves. Some level of anxiety is healthy, worrying about negative outcomes helps us to be cautious in dangerous situations and work hard to avoid failures at work, in school or in our personal lives. Too much anxiety can become paralyzing, and it’s good to have a plan for some concrete steps to manage your worries.
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