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Anxiety is our bodies natural response to fear which stimulates an inbuilt primal fight or flight response.
We need this to survive in order for us to react quickly in a dangerous or extreme stress inducing situation.
We have all experienced nerves and anxiety to some extent in our lives before a certain event for example like sitting an exam or attending an interview. This is a normal response and the feelings tend to pass or dissipate quickly once the event is over.
It is when we experience repeated symptoms of Anxiety outside of the norm and it starts to affect how we live our daily lives that it becomes an issue. If you are running your life around your Anxiety symptoms then you will know exactly what I am referring to.
When you have anxiety you may begin to try and avoid things that created those feelings for you. You may even try to monitor and control the anxious thoughts and feelings and this just adds another layer of stress for you to deal with. Your world can begin to feel smaller and smaller.
This can be both upsetting and difficult to live with and can impact many areas of your life from attending school to driving to going out and socialising. Even going away on holiday can be traumatic if you have anxiety.
Anxiety may be experienced as any of the following symptoms and can vary from person to person:
- Racing Heart
- Clammy hands
- Dry Mouth
- Feeling Hot
- Feeling sick
- Butterflies in the stomach
- Dizziness or visual disturbance
- Changes to hearing
- Feeling Smothered
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Jelly legs
- Feeling Faint
- Feeling like you are going to loose control of your bladder or bowels
- Feeling like your going mad or going to lose control
- Blurred vision
- Pins and Needles
- Feeling detached or spaced out
Anxiety is primarily thought driven and these conscious thoughts trigger a physical response in the body which are then followed by more emotions, thoughts and feelings which in turn then trigger behaviour and physical response by you.
Your physiology then creates further frightening thoughts i.e. I need to get away, Im trapped, im going to be sick, I can't breathe, Im going to faint, or in worse cases a full panic attack is experienced.
You can see how a pattern begins to formulate and our sub-conscious brain references this model of behaviour each time a similar event presents itself in order to find a solution quickly to keep you safe. Unfortunately this isn't always relevant and it can become an unhelpful viscious cycle that stops you leading a normal lifestyle.
There are many different types of Anxiety but one thing remains constant, when you are suffering with the symptoms it is both a scary and lonely place when all you really want is to feel normal and live your life symptom free.
The positive news here is that you can make a change and more importantly you can begin to do it quickly by gaining new insight and understanding. Hayley has helped many clients to break free from Anxiety. Please have a read of their testimonials here.
You will learn that you are not stuck like this, you are going to be OK no matter how long you have been suffering.
Many of the individuals Hayley has worked with say that just making the decision to take that first step feels like a mammoth leap in the right direction.
The Holistic Me Anxiety Therapy programme gives you both a mental and physical insight into restoring and maintaining calm in your life.
Learn how to reduce stress, boost your confidence, self-esteem and happiness and halt the worry wheel that has been driving your Anxiety and stimulating your ongoing symptoms.
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