Article on ” The Evolution of Anxiety: why we worry and what we do about it

This Article was written by James clear. This article is related to and was written to help with behavioral Psychology and stress management. Anxiety and stress can be known as disorders. As human beings , choices we often make are the reasons why we are in the position we’re in. According to the article by James clear “Most of the choices you make today will not benefit you immediately. If you do a good job at work today, you’ll get a paycheck in a few weeks. If you save money now, you’ll have enough for retirement later.” So you see Decisions we make will eventually catch up to us. For example work, when you’re at work, it’ll pay off every two weeks or so , but never at the exact same day you start work. Both anxiety and stress are actually useful emotions that help us react correctly in certain situations. An example of this would be if you’re crossing the street , and as you turn your head you see a car coming at you 40mph, you’re emotions of stress and anxiety build up forcing you to have a reaction , which of course would be to quickly get out of the way. With these emotions, we were unknowingly teaching our brains to evolve. In order to control these emotions you must develop the ability of shifting g your worries. Instead of worrying about your future, focus on today, focus on making it through the day in the best possible way. Perhaps even find activities to do to reduce these emotions such as reading , sleeping, taking a walk, maybe even writing. We have these emotions because we are human beings. Over time our brains have developed. Back then homo sapiens, or humans lived in what researchers call an ” immediate return environment ” meaning , we have quick responses, and reactions. Our lives are oriented toward present moments. Whereas now humans live in a ” delayed return environment”.It is stated “ Compared to the age of the brain, modern society is incredibly new. It is only recently—during the last 500 years or so—that our society has shifted to a predominantly Delayed Return Environment. “ This environment often leads to chronic stress and anxiety because our brain is not designed to solve these problems. There is no guarantee of anything in the future no matter what we do today. Living in this type of environment known as the ” Delayed return environment ” means we are surrounded by uncertainty. The key to making this work , as James clear states in his article is to make sure your daily routine rewards you right away and later on in the future which are it’s known as ” immediate return” and ” delays return”. An example he provided was writing. He works hard , learning out all his emotions into writing , helping the immediate returns, and publishing it, leading to good future incomes, helping his delayed returns. Another way to do manage this aside of shifting our worry is to measure , take an unknown quantity and make it known, making you more certain about a certain situation only then having to worry less and reducing both one’s stress and anxiety. As stated by James,“Unfortunately, living in a Delayed Return Environment tends to lead to chronic stress and anxiety for humans…Because your brain wasn’t designed to solve the problems of a Delayed Return Environment.” In conclusion The purpose of this article was to be able to help people with how to cope with or manage their stress and anxiety. James clear’s method in this is by learning to measure things , and shift your worry. Stress and anxiety are two of humanity’s biggest issues. These emotions are strong enough to interfere with people’s daily activities. It is important one tries to solve these problems .