People turn to a myriad of methods to cope with anxiety. Some take medication, while others might try exercise or a hot bath to blow off steam and relax. And then there are those who use less productive means like substance abuse or binge eating. These methods — even the healthy ones — might help alleviate many of the symptoms of anxiety, yet they do little to correct the actual root cause of the problem.
Holistic and natural health practitioners typically seek the root cause of an illness and work from there, rather than mask symptoms with pharmaceuticals.
Similarly, your yoga practice or nightly run might ground you, but they don’t address the underlying issue. Now, don’t hang up your jogging shoes or blow off your meditation practice just yet. How you cope with and discharge built up stress and anxiety is just as important as working to correct the problem at its core.
So, what is the root cause of your anxiety?
What you may not know is that much of your anxiety is actually self-produced — yes, you read that correctly.
You may blame your job, your family or your circumstances for your distress, but the reality is how you perceive anything in your life is entirely up to you.
Here are four types of faulty-thinking that might be the root cause of your anxiety and dragging you down:
1. Negative self-talk.
Leading behavioral researchers have found that up to 77% of everything you think and say to yourself is negative and counterproductive. This undoubtedly has consequences.
Take Dr. Masaru Emoto’s water crystal experiment as an example. Dr. Emoto studied the effects of different words on crystalline structures of water. Water exposed to the positive phrase “love and gratitude” produced beautiful snowflake-like crystalline structures, whereas the phrase “you fool” created jagged, asymmetrical structures. This is nothing to sneeze at when you consider that over 60% of your body is made of water.