The statistics say Anxiety affects one in ten people at some point in their life…I would even say it affects at least 3-4 in ten people. Anxiety is feeling uncertain, tense, fearful and frightened.
Symptoms of anxiety are: Hear racing or skipping beats, frequent urination, sweating, butterfly/tense tummy, tense muscles, shortness of breath, dry mouth or throat, shaking, numbness, chest/head/neck pain, clenched jaw… and more!
We can all experience some form of anxiety at different stages of our lives e.g. coming up to exams, starting a new job, going into hospital, doing something outside our comfort zones and so on.
A number of hormones are released by the body to adapt to the situation known as fight or flight response…these hormones include adrenaline, nor adrenaline, cortisol, plus others. At this point as our defensive stimuli are in operation our physical reactions such as digestion shuts down, blood pressure rises, breathing becomes altered, faster and shallower.
This is a natural healthy response. When this is continuous or prolonged long after the incident has passed the body becomes depleted of nutrients, our immune system gets worn down, sleep becomes deprived, meals get skipped, our adrenal glands becomes burned out, exhaustion sets in and so on. A negative vicious circle and pattern emerges. The body never gets to relax. It is on high alert all of the time. All of this can have a detrimental effect on your overall health and wellness.
To deal with the anxiety many also live altered lifestyles avoiding stressful situations or triggers for their anxiety. This can cause and create many limitations in life and certainly you will not be able to live a normal balanced lifestyle. Avoiding the issue can help short term, long term it leads onto other complications. In fact the feelings of having to avoid the issues can then become addictive and a habit that needs to be fed constantly. In turn this leads onto further anxiety and stress in the body.
The majority of anxiety comes from the way we think or the way we have been conditioned as children. We can grow up with fear and then as adults carry that on through in our everyday lives and find it hard to cope. By working closely with my clients we look to identify patterns/triggers and treat the root cause not just the symptoms generated.
To help you feel better we have got to identify the cause of the stress and help restore the bodies’ natural coping mechanisms back to health and boost self -confidence. You do not have to suffer anxiety alone, it can create havoc in your life and lots of uneasiness and unhappiness.
If you need further help in managing your anxiety levels You can work with me further by contacting me Gertrude@kinesicare.ie to make an appointment/book a coaching session or get yourself a copy of my ‘Pick yourself up’ or request my FREE ‘Anxiety Busting Steps’