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The link between some Anxiety Disorders and Body building science

Social anxiety is like a body that has lost its beauty. Because recovery from both conditions follow similar processes. For example, a well-established principle of recovery with regards to some anxiety conditions is Exposure Therapy. This includes OCD and Social Anxiety. Similarly, when someone wants to strengthen their muscles the principle of “Progressive Overload” applies to them. That is, they have to increase the demands they put on their muscles so they can grow bigger and stronger.

In OCD and Social Anxiety, when a sufferer exposes themselves to the feared thing, they are following the process of “Exposure Therapy”. The result is that they are growing stronger and losing their fears regarding harmless situations.
With an unhealthy body, when someone starts lifting weights the process of “Progressive Overload” occurs allowing them to carry more weight. The result is that the smaller weights aren’t a challenge anymore (see the connection with Social Anxiety and OCD?)

In both processes they are facing a stress in order to get stronger. Or they are going into pain for the reward of pleasure. With Social Anxiety the reward obviously is Social Confidence. And with the trainer the reward is obviously stronger healthier muscles etc.

The reason I wrote this post is for anyone interested in seeing how our mind and bodies are connected. Some conditions of the mind can be considered a form of Atrophy.

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Reading is an Underrated Form of Therapy

Just my personal experience. Many thoughts can be generated from what happens to you in life. Your worries, your problems, your questions in life. These thoughts radiate to your emotional domain and cause feelings of depression as the mind and emotions are connected or attached. This is why a lot of people find some peace in simply being away from their minds. Not in the sense that one runs away from reality like an ostrich digging their head in the ground in the face of danger or a threat. One definitely must process their problems, or accept what they can’t control.

One particular activity that takes me away from my mind is simply reading. Particularly something that I am very interested in. You should continue to surprise your mind with new books and new perspectives and topics. As this is novelty which our brains crave and which makes us feel good.

Reading requires one to engage with the book and use hand-eye coordination and it forces one to concentrate. It is not as passive as other forms of engagement as it involves some challenge. But it is not so challenging that it is burdensome. A book can be picked up anywhere and you can start wherever comfortable. It is a light, slightly challenging form of “therapy”.

To concentrate and read you have to be away from your thoughts. Absence of thoughts induces a positive, pleasant emotional experience. With time a person can get immersed in the book and really get in a healthy positive flow and experience. You become present as you focus on the words and the story being told.

Personally, reading for me is an, “anti-depressant”. I hope that helps others.