August 10, 2010

Coping with Anxiety in the 21st Century

One reason why the Roman Empire grew so large and survived so long – a prodigious feat of management – is that there was no railway, car, airplane, radio, paper, or telephone. Above all, there was no telephone. You could not maintain any illusion of direct control over a general or provincial governor; you could not feel at the back  of your mind that you could ring him up or he could ring you, if a situation cropped up (cropped up seems rather trivial – maybe arose, or something similar would be better) which was too much for him, or that you could fly over and sort things out if they started to get into a mess.  You appointed him, you watched his chariot and baggage train disappear over the hill in a cloud of dust and that was that …. There was, therefore, no question of appointing a man who was not fully trained, or not quite up to the job: you knew that everything depended on his being the Best man for the job before he set off.  And so you took great care in selecting him; but more than that you made sure that he knew all about Rome and Roman government and the Roman army before he went out. (Peters & Waterman; In Search of Excellence) (Is this is how it is quoted by Peters & Waterman – if so, i guess it has to stay the original way).

Imagine what it would be like without mobile phones, broadband, laptops, I Pads…phones, blackberries, anything relating to fibre optics etc.

The lack of the above support items in the 21st Century creates an anxious state and anxiety.

Simply put anxiety is about being concerned about what is going to happen in the future….

Clinically Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry about a variety of topics (such as work, school, family, health) occurring more days than not for at least six months. People with GAD find it difficult to control their worry, and often experience other related symptoms including restlessness, irritability, and muscle tension.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • When was the last time you took a break…like a long weekend where there was no phone / television / radio….just the birds and magical silence.
  • Click on …[insert link]……………….. and answer this Personal Growth Questionnaire.
  • Have you ever thought about learning to meditate?
  • When was the last time you actually took time out to pamper yourself?

Kilpan & Associates in working with anxiety disorders use cutting edge treatment processes to enable you to regain the ability to be relaxed and happy in this fast paced age of anxiety.

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