WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety is a word used to describe feelings of fear, worry and unease. It consolidates the emotion and the physical symptoms we might be feeling when we are nervous or worried about something. Although it’s usually unpleasant to feel anxious, anxiety is a normal biological response to feeling threatened and is known as our internal ‘fight or flight’ response.
Everyone experiences anxiety at times in our lives and it’s perfectly normal to feel nervous, tense or even fearful at thoughts of a stressful decision or event that you’re facing, especially if it has a big impact on your life.
Starting a new job
Sitting an exam
Going into hospital
Moving house or out of the family home
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness
…the list in endless
So, in situations like these it’s perfectly normal and natural to have worries about how you will perform or what the outcome will be. You may find it hard to relax, eat or sleep or even concentrate on anything else. Usually after the event or situation has passed, the feelings of worry stop and normality resumes.
WHAT IS THE ‘FIGHT OR FLIGHT’ RESPONSE?
Human beings have evolved, just like other animals, with ways to protect ourselves from danger and life threatening situations. When we feel threatened our body releases specific hormones called adrenaline and cortisol which help you to prepare to either fight the danger or run away from it. They make you more alert so you can act faster and make your heartbeat faster to carry blood quickly to where it’s most needed. When the danger has passed your body then releases muscle relaxing hormones which may cause you to shake.
This is the ‘fight or flight’ response and it happens automatically and is a perfectly natural and safe function that we have no control over. In our everyday lives, we don’t usually face situations where we need to fight or fly or even flee from danger but our biological response to feeling threatened is still the same.
WHEN DOES ANXIETY BECOME A PROBLEM?
So, as we’ve established, anxiety is a perfectly normal human response, it’s sometimes hard to know when it’s becoming a problem but if your feelings of anxiety last for a long time or are very strong it can become overwhelming.
So if you find that you are experiencing the following then it’s time to seek help
– Worrying all the time over things that are part and parcel of everyday life, or about things that are unlikely to happen, or even worrying about worrying
– You are having regular episodes of physical and psychological effects of anxiety and panic attacks
WHAT DOES ANXIETY FEEL LIKE?
Feeling light headed or dizzy
A fast, thumping or even irregular heartbeat
Raised blood pressure
Pins and Needles
Going to the toilet more frequently
Tense muscles and headaches
Difficulty sleeping and relaxing
Sweating and hot flushes
Deep knot or churning sensation in the stomach
Experiencing panic attacks
Having a sense of dread or fearing the worst
Feeling tense or nervous
Feeling like the world around you is speeding up or even slowing down
Feeling like other people know how you are feeling and are looking at you
Replaying negative experiences or focusing all your thoughts on a negative experience
Feeling restless and unable to concentrate on anything
Feeling your mind is really busy with thoughts
People who suffer from full blown panic attacks can’t come up with enough words to describe to others how out of control they feel when experiencing it. They live in fear of the next attack. Let me assure you now that they are a completely safe and a very normal bodily reaction that can be eliminated by implementing some strategy together with a treatment plan for hypnotherapy.
THE MIND AND THE BODY ARE ALL PART OF THE SAME SYSTEM
If anxiety is interfering with your daily life and you want to take control then Hypnotherapy along with some strategy can dramatically help you by retraining your mind and positively moving you forward in a powerful, safe and natural way. Just correcting the messages in your mind can eliminate the physical and psychological effects of anxiety freeing you completely to get on with your life!