Smart girls know Anxiety is a controlling manipulative drag.
But Anxiety facts come in useful.
Having accurate information about anxiety
can reduce confusion, fear, and shame.
She's a slippery character, often unrecognised and misunderstood. So lets try and pin her down and take a closer look.
Anxiety fact 1: It is a normal response to stress or danger linked with our bodies automatic survival mechanism and ‘flight or fight’ response.
This process involves adrenalin being quickly pumped through the body enabling it to cope with whatever threat may appear.
Anxiety and worry are parts of all our lives, but simply experiencing anxiety or stress in and of itself does not mean we need professional help or you have an anxiety disorder.
In fact, anxiety is a necessary warning signal of a dangerous or difficult situation. Without anxiety, we would have no way of anticipating difficulties ahead and preparing for them.
However when anxiety begins to disrupt our everyday life it becomes a real and definite problem.
And it's a common problem, in our lives 1 in 4 of us may develop an anxiety disorder at some time, some being more likely than men.
Anxiety disorders ruin lives and can make dealing with the simplest challenges difficult and coping with difficulties near impossible.
There are a large number of symptoms connected to anxiety and these vary with individuals, they appear as both physical and emotional and some common symptoms include;
Anxiety Facts: Physical symptoms
Racing heartbeat Shortness of breath Nausea
Chest tightness Dry mouth Pins and needles
Butterflies in stomach Sweating Tremor
Anxiety Facts: Emotional symptoms
Inner tension Agitation Fear of losing control
Irritability Feelings of detachment
Dread that something catastrophic is going to happen
It's important to remember we can experience anxiety without having a disorder.
Variations of anxiety disorders include;
There are many factors that can trigger an anxiety disorder. They include:
Anxiety Facts: Disorder
Knowing the origins of an anxiety disorder doesn’t help us in dealing with the day to day problems that arise as a result of the disorder but it can be reassuring for sufferers to know that there are factors out of our control that may have contributed.
The physical symptoms of an anxiety or panic attack, such as rapid breathing, chest pains and pins and needles are very similar to those of a heart attack, therefore it is not unusual for people experiencing such an attack to convince themselves that they are about to die.
This is not the case, nobody has died of a panic attack.
It is simply the body reacting to increased adrenalin caused by panic. Anxiety is not life threatening. It is unpleasant, but not harmful.
Always consult your GP or health care provider to obtain a diagnosis if you suspect that you’re suffering from an anxiety disorder. Self diagnosis is not an efficient way of dealing with anxiety, as misdiagnosis could lead to the wrong treatment being administered, which could set the sufferer back even further.
Anxiety is a normal emotion and we would not look to ‘cure’ it because there are occasions where it is helpful and useful.
Lots of factors can help you to control, reduce and manage anxious feelings, depending on the severity of the anxiety sometimes a few lifestyle changes and healthy habits can do much to combat the affects.
For Some affected by anxiety disorder a combination of therapy, medication and self help strategies can help overcome their disorder and reach a point where they control anxiety rather than anxiety controlling.
The relaxation response is the opposite of the fight and flight response.
It can be defined as an absence of stress and anxiety. It is a place where the body and mind can repair, rejuvenate and rebalance. When you are truly relaxing you can not feel anxiety at the same time.
Hypnosis 4 smart girls offers; free hypnosis tracks, and guided Visualisations aimed to lead you into relaxation and give your body and mind a much needed break from anxiety.
Tip:Feeling anxious can make it a bit harder to fully relax, so if it doesn't work at first be persistent it gets easier with practice and it's well worth the effort.
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