Will You Go Blind From Stress or Anxiety?

Anxiety and stress will make you blind … fact?

Actually if you look at it this way you will understand what I mean …

‘Nobody ever got blind by looking at the brighter side of life’

So if you don’t look at the brighter side of life, you may go blind. Not a true blindness, but you will fail to see the nicer things in life. You will not smile at a child’s laugh, you will fail to feel happy when you see an amazing sunset, you will fail to feel joy at the birth of a friends or family member’s baby.

Stress and anxiety does distort your vision. It affects how you see the world around you. You will enjoy life less and as a result, stress and anxiety levels will continue to climb.

How can you stop stress and anxiety blindness?

Simple. Just look at the brighter side of life. I know it may be hard when you are totally stressed out. But there a lot of things you can do …

Go for a walk, whether it is in winter, spring or summer. Get outside and look up. Not vertical but look up at an angle of about fifteen degrees. This allows you brain to access the level of mind that releases stress and anxiety.

You also get to see the tops of the trees, the clouds in the sky and the birds flying by. Get out and walk, just breathing while you walk helps to relieve stress and anxiety.

A simple thing to do is to do the ‘Peter Pan’. This means think of happy thoughts, even if there are very few at present. Look into the past for memories, look into the future as being brighter and create the feeling that life is great now.

Anxiety and stress distorts your views on life. They make you feel that the brighter side of life doesn’t exist. But it does. Your view is distorted, not reality.

Thinking happier thoughts on a regular basis is a great way to ease a lot of the day to day tensions. It builds up a resistance to the bigger stress and anxiety events. After all it is said that laughter is the best medicine.

If you can’t think happy thoughts, or find it harder to look at the brighter side of life, then have a break and watch a funny movie or TV program. Kick yourself into action to see the brighter side of things.

If life is still full of stress and anxiety and you can’t see the brighter side of things … you need to do something about your stress and anxiety levels. You need to use techniques to help address your stress and use ways to reprogram your mind to eliminate your stress and anxiety.

Stress and anxiety will create ill health, either it is now or it will eventually eat away at your health. Then you will not only have the emotional stress and anxiety, you will have health anxiety and stress also.

You need to look at ways to address the underling causes of your anxiety and stress. Do not just look at the situations or events that trigger tem. Look at the ‘whys‘ and ‘hows‘ of stress and anxiety. Why do you suffer and how can you stop suffering.

It is a matter of teaching yourself to repel stress and anxiety, then and only then will your stress levels melt away. Without stress and anxiety you will automatically … look at the brighter side of life.

Health Anxiety – The Quiet Suffering of Hypochondriasis With an Anxiety Disorder

When anxiety strikes and the anxiety is out of proportion to the norm we can get the weirdest of symptoms, both physical and mental. Gradually as these symptoms increase so does our fear level. Once we experience fear on a very regular basis we can be said to be living in a state of constant apprehension. When we are constantly nervously ‘irritated’ in this way we remain on high alert around the clock. We keep checking how we feel and if we feel any worse or any better. When anxiously fearful we are encouraging a natural release of adrenaline. The fight or flight response kicks in and we feel we must ‘do something’ or ‘something terrible will happen’! Imagine living like this every single day because a lot of people do. They begin to live in fear.

As already mentioned, a chronic anxiety problem can throw up a lot of the weirdest symptoms such as…depersonalization and/or derealization where the self and/or environment feels unreal and detached. Strange head buzzes, fuzzy eyesight, inability to draw a breath, muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, speeded up and extremely fatigued are examples…there are so very many. When we are new to an anxiety problem we often don’t recognise just how much anxiety is to blame for all these symptoms. People who suffer with anxiety problems are usually very tense and don’t realise that too. Tense muscles have to work hard and pain can erupt intermittently. We can be more prone to headaches, chest pain, back, neck and shoulder pains. Fibromyalgia, tinnitus, IBS, TMJ disorder are just some medical conditions that are often closely connected by doctors to an increasing anxiety problem. So, not only do we have an anxiety problem but we can begin to feel very poorly physically. Naturally when we reach this point we find ourselves at the doctors surgery more and more. This should be to eliminate any ‘other’ causes. Blood tests and other tests such as x-rays, stress tests for our hearts and so on are usual just to make sure. It’s when these tests have all come back with no other illness found and a firm diagnosis of anxiety is reiterated that the problem of health anxiety really gathers momentum.

A person who is very anxious will find it extremely difficult to believe that ‘that pain’ isn’t something very physically wrong with them even when a doctor has ruled this out with tests. Being so hyper sensitive, they will often think something is getting overlooked or even that the test results may have been wrong. They find themselves imagining a whole host of illnesses are befalling them and that no one is taking any notice. So, they go backwards and forwards to their doctor in the hope that this visit will give them what they are looking for…a diagnosis but not that of anxiety! This is just one dilemma within an anxiety disorder.

The headache could be a tumour, the chest pains could be an impending heart attack, the unreality could be signs of looming insanity. Even when given medical evidence that none of these conditions are present the sufferer will STILL presume something undetected is very wrong. This is one of the bluffs of a chronic anxiety problem. Worst of all the sufferer often actually wants to have a physical illness as way of explanation. That is something they feel they will be able to accept much better than ‘it’s your nerves’!

It is only when the sufferer has actually accepted fully their diagnosis that they are able to begin addressing the root cause – the anxiety problem. All the physical ailments attributed to anxiety will slowly but surely subside as the real problem is addressed. It may feel like one has to gamble on the doctors being right but acceptance has to happen to move forwards. If you want to get out of the health anxiety dilemma you may have to be willing to take that risk. Easy to say, hard to do but a must to assist you on the road to recovery. Another problem is that of the vast amount of medical information on the internet. If you want an illness or a disease from a couple of symptoms you can find one by browsing for a few minutes.. Don’t be tempted to even go there. Go to your doctor for diagnosis, not the internet.