These two techniques are similar in many ways, but at the same time quite different, particularly in the approach they take. One has a much more gentle approach to personal development, while the other is harder in its approach, but goes deeper and the results may be much more profound.
How do they help symptoms of anxiety and depression?
Well, these two techniques at the simplest level allow you to easily let go of negative emotions and subconscious programs (beliefs, attitudes…etc.) holding you back in life.
These two techniques can easily allow you to become aware of any negative thoughts and emotions you may be experiencing, whether it’s feelings of fear, sadness, ongoing anxiety, worry, self loathing… whatever it may be, and simply let them go so that they don’t need to affect you any more.
Unlike some programs that tend to focus on ‘thinking positive’ and ‘looking on the bright side of life’, in a way the letting go approach does the opposite, and even asks you to do something that feels potentially frightening — they ask you to be aware of the negative, and allow it (so you can let it go for good), rather than trying to suppress it and pretend it doesn’t exist.
The reason for this approach is since both of these programs come from the philosophy that whatever you suppress still continues to affect you (even though you may not be aware of it), and sooner or later may re-emerge worse than before. Read More
The human body is capable of feeling an infinite variety of emotions, a good number of them at the same time. From joy to depression, anger to confusion, our range of emotions are as varied as colors in the rainbow.
It’s no doubt that emotions have a huge influence in our lives. They have the innate capability of influencing what we think and what we do. We base our schedules and decisions on what we are feeling, and only the toughest of individuals can disregard them completely. Emotion is what makes us human, and learning to embrace that is part of living a full life.
However, as astounding as it may sound, we sometimes tend to forget that these emotions are simply a result of chemicals and hormones in our body. The human body, despite its many intricacies and complexities, is not much unlike a machine that is run by network of physiological mechanisms triggering any variety of feelings and emotions — and anxiety is no different.
Like any other emotion, anxiety is caused by a mix of chemicals and hormones in our body. But just like any other emotion, it can be offset by a good number of other chemicals and hormones. This is why anti-anxiety and anti-depressant medications are so effective at suppressing symptoms of anxiety disorders. However, many of these chemicals need not come from outside sources. Some of them are manufactured within our own body. Serotonin is one of them.
Serotonin has been known to be a hormone that is effective at curbing the effects of anxiety. It is highly successful in altering moods and emotions so much that it is found in a number of medications.
But what exactly is serotonin? How does serotonin affect anxiety? And if it really does help in reducing our anxiety, how do we increase the serotonin in our body? Read More