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Is Anxiety leading to Guilt?

Satisfaction is the key to happiness and success that enables people to grow personally and socially. A strong mind and self-belief leads to confidence, which is a powerful tool to show one’s ability in front of others. If people want others to hear their voice loud and clear, make their statement the ultimate one, they need to concentrate on self-confidence and self-satisfaction. However, satisfaction, confidence, and happiness, make all these adjectives become a deterrent when the term anxiety paves the path. Anxiety helps guilt to develop, and both could easily impede a person’s life or career. Therefore, to deal with the issue, it is significant to know first what anxiety and guilt are and how they work hand-in-hand.

Understanding the Terms Anxiety and Guilty:

Anxiety                                                                            

Anxiety is a form of emotion that stimulates people’s thinking power and triggers awareness or concern for things that might be malicious or need to be worried about. 

Over-thinking, worrying unnecessarily, and fear of results are some of the aspects of anxiety that naturally respond to stress. 

There are two types of anxieties: positive anxiety that motivates people to work harder so that they do not have to face failure, and negative anxiety that develops fear. Fear leads to exaggerating a situation and fearing the consequences or repercussion of any action.

Guilt

Some people are too sensitive and fear to hurt others. They always sustain the dilemma that their action may harm or hurt the opposite person. However, these behaviors often land them in guilt. Guilt is a negative emotion that is difficult to endure and leads to mental depression. 

Note: There is a difference between Guilt and Guilty pleasure that people often get confused with. Guilt is a negative emotion for doing or thinking of something wrong, whereas a guilty pleasure is a positive emotion that a person embraces while doing something morally wrong or taboo. 

Guilt is the Effect of Anxiety:

Anxiety compels people to think in a negative way and worry about the consequences of their actions. People tend to blame themselves for other’s sorrow or stress. Severe anxiety deters a person’s life at every stage. Remaining unsuccessful in a job, encountering failure in exams, unsuccessful marital relationships, and so on. In all these scenarios, people are not concerned about their feelings; instead, they blame themselves for disappointing others. This develops a feeling of guilt within themselves. Many times, the feeling of guilt becomes malicious and compels people to get lost behind the dark curtain of depression or even commit suicide. 

Various sources contribute to the feeling of guilt. Family values, societal norms, religious teachings, culture, society all build a person’s life. They draw a concrete framework that everyone must follow to get accepted by society and establish an ideal image. However, people always tend to break some of these frameworks to feel the freedom or experience something different. However, once they break the law, guilt develops that stimulates the feeling of wrong action or the fear of repercussion for breaking the laws. 

Some other instances of anxiety that causes guilty effects are:

People suffering from Anorexia spend their entire life by avoiding food so that they could lose their weight. However, a single cheat day, when they try to change the taste of their palate, pushes them towards the feeling of guilt. They regret their action and put more pressure on their already difficult diet routine.

Most combat veterans live their remaining lives in a pang of guilt that they have killed people. They forget that they performed the killings for their country; instead, they develop anxiety of re-encountering their past. Forgetting the past is not possible, due to which they feel guilty. 

Anxiety and guilt run in a vicious circle, where anxiety causes guilt, and to confront the guilt once again moves towards the web of anxiety. 

Physical effects of Anxiety and Guilt:

Anxiety and guilt not only affect a person mentally but also lead to various body ailments. Some of them include:

1) Insomnia 

2) Digestive Issue

3) Nausea

4) Muscle tension

5) Headache

6) Tearfulness

Ways to treat Anxiety and Guilt

If the symptoms of anxiety overpower a person’s life, they must seek a doctor’s assistance. Anti-depression pills, anxiety pills may provide a good result. But these medicines could have side effects. Therefore, self-treatment should not be considered as an option to deal with anxiety. By curing anxiety symptoms, guilt emotion will automatically stop developing. Some of the steps to combat anxiety are:

1) Having a proper discourse: Having a brief and good discourse on a topic that makes a person develop an anxiety symptom will lead to a conclusion that will provide mental peace and self-satisfaction. However, a peaceful mind does not allows developing any unwanted thoughts or anxiety attacks.

2) Overcoming the fear: Fear of harming others is a cause of anxiety, which leads to the guilt factor. Therefore, if a person can overcome the fear and believes that their action will not harm others, the issue of the guild will vanish.

3) Getting proper sleep: Anxiety and guilt both sustain in a tired mind. Therefore, getting a deep sleep makes the mind fresh and healthy and removes all unwanted thoughts.

4) Meditation: Meditation is an older form of treating any ailment or condition. Meditation helps in developing self-satisfaction that will remove the anxiety, and guilt will not get a route to develop.

5) Healthy Diet

Conclusion:

Anxiety and guilt both work hand-in-hand. However, to control the guilt factor, it is imperative to treat the anxiety condition. Anxiety and guilt are serious issues that should be considered  so that people will know the symptoms and find ways to avoid these issues. These affect a person’s life physically and mentally and could impede the entire life of a person by pushing them behind a curtain of depression.

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