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We have all experienced nerves, stress and anxiousness to some extent in our lives before a certain event for example like sitting an exam or attending an interview.
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 symptoms then you will know exactly what I am referring to.
When you have anxiety you often 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 and your mind gets more and more muddled.
This can be both upsetting and difficult to live with and can impact many areas of your life from attending school, going on holiday, driving on motorways, going to work and even socialising.
Symptoms may include any of the following:
- 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
- Weakness | Jelly Legs
- Difficulty Sleeping
- 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
Any type of stress or Anxiety is thought driven and these thoughts trigger a physical emotional response in the body. Very often these are then followed by more thoughts and feelings which in turn then trigger further behavioural responses by you as you frantically try to fix how you feel or get away from the source of your distress.
Your physiology alters, the heart rate increases and your breathing rate changes which then creates more frightening symptoms or 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, I can't cope, im going to pee myself, Im going to faint!! etc etc
In some cases you may have even experienced a full blown panic attack which can leave you feeling exhausted, frightened and worried it may happen again in the future.
You may notice that each time a similar event or potential threat presents itself you feel anxious or stressed again. Sound familiar?
I know from my own experience that when you are suffering like this it is a truly scary and lonely place to be when all you really want is to feel normal and live your life symptom free. It is also exhausting trying to monitor and control everything in your outside world to avoid feeling anxious.
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 your mind really works. You will quickly learn that you are not stuck like this and that you can be OK no matter how long you have been suffering without the need for feeling the fear or forcing yourself to manage or change your thoughts.
More importantly you will gain true clarity and insight to restore and maintain calm in your life helping you to reduce stress, boost your confidence and feel happier.
Positive change is empowering but it all starts with YOU. If you are ready to take action and would like to know more please click the link to get started.