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We have all experienced nerves and anxiousness 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 those feelings tend to pass or dissipate quickly once the event is over.
Anxiety is your bodies natural response to fear which stimulates an inbuilt primal fight or flight response. You need this to survive in order for us to react quickly in a dangerous or extreme stress inducing situation.
It is when you begin to experience repeated symptoms of Anxiety outside of the norm and it starts to affect how you live your daily life that it becomes a problem. If this sounds familiar and you are planning 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, driving on motorways, going to work and socialising. Even going away on holiday can be traumatic if you have anxiety.
Anxiety may be experienced as any of the following symptoms:
- 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
- Avoidance behaviour
- Feeling like a failure
Anxiety is primarily thought driven and these conscious thoughts trigger a physical emotional response in the body. These are then followed by more thoughts and feelings which in turn then trigger further behavioural responses by you.
Your physiology alters, the heart rate increases and your breathing rate changes which then creates more frightening symptoms.
This brings on more thoughts as you become aware of the symptoms you are experiencing i.e. I need to get away, Im trapped, im going to be sick, I can't breathe, Im going to faint!! In some cases you may even experience a full panic attack.
In time you can see how a pattern formulates and the sub-conscious brain references this model each time a similar event or potential threat presents itself to find a solution quickly and keep you safe. It becomes an unhelpful cycle that limits you leading a normal lifestyle.
I know from my own expereinces that when you are suffering with the symptoms it is a scary and lonely place to be 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 into how the mind really works. You can quickly learn that you are not stuck like this and that you can be OK no matter how long you have been suffering.
The Holistic Me Anxiety programme provides the clarity and insight to restore and maintain calm in your life helping you to reduce stress, boost your confidence and halt the worry wheel that has been driving your Anxiety. I look forward to helping you be the best you can be!
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