Today we are continuing the new series; Love & Anxiety. The subjects and situations that we focus our attention upon is the second critical factor in how much anxiety we experience in our daily life. And, also determines if love calms or causes anxiety.
Many people struggle with looping negative thoughts or worrying. On a regular basis the mind is spinning out awful scenarios that usually are not even realistic. When we focus on scary thoughts, our primitive brain regions turn on stress hormones. These hormones cause internal sensations of high anxiety and stress. This causes a chain reaction of feeling more anxiety and this reinforces the negative thought focus. Rick Hanson’s http://www.rickhanson.net research found our brain’s have a bias toward negative information. So we must work to focus on the positive aspects of our life. Having secure attachment figures and lots of love in our lives helps with shifting to a positive focus.