Living with chronic stress is the new norm in our supermom-workaholic society. Add an anxiety disorder to the pile of stress, and life becomes even more miserable.
With anxiety, there is an inner sense of panic, chaos and fear, leading to fatigue and basically a circle of doom.
Luckily there is the Beat Anxiety Now World Online Summit, a virtual conference featuring interviews with mental health experts, which includes a presentation by Jeremy Bennett, the author of “The Power of the Mind: How I Beat OCD.”
Bennett’s pre-summit presentation, called “The Top 10 Ways to Beat Stress & Anxiety,” gives an introduction on misconceptions and myths related to anxiety and stress. His full presentation is available at the actual summit.
Make sure to read my first article on two anxiety summits here for more details on pricing and times/dates of presentations for The Anxiety Summit and the Beat Anxiety Now World Online Summit.
Bennett said in his pre-summit presentation that he grew up with a severe form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and started having symptoms at 12 years old.
Medication didn’t help him. When Bennett learned more about how the mind works, he was finally able to overcome his condition.
For example, he learned there is one major limitation of the brain.
“Your brain does not know the difference between something real and when you think about it,” he said.
For instance, your body reacts to a nightmare the same way as if it were real, even if you aren’t in any real danger.
It’s also important to understand that thoughts create stress and anxiety, not situations.
“There’s no situation in the entire universe that you can experience that will make you experience stress or anxiety,” Bennett said. “It’s your thoughts about the situation.”
Therefore, if you change your thoughts, you can relieve your stress and anxiety.
“Our beliefs become our reality,” he said.