It’s common to feel stressed or worried in high-pressure situations. But when those feelings crop up unprovoked, don’t go away on their own or become hard to manage – you might be experiencing anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is an emotion characterised by an unpleasant state of dread over anticipated events, often accompanied by nervous behaviour such as pacing back and forth, physical symptoms, and continuous over-thought.
Unlike fear which is the reaction to an imminent or immediate threat, anxiety is the reaction to a future threat. While the physical and mental symptoms of fear may pass, anxiety can cause symptoms that tend to linger and affect your ability to manage everyday life.
Anxiety causes a wide range of physical and mental symptoms that tend to linger, affecting your ability to manage everyday life...
The physical symptoms of anxiety come from a body response called “fight-flight-freeze.” During this response, your adrenal glands release adrenaline which helps supply your brain and body with more oxygen, so you’re ready to react instinctively to the threat.
However, when you’re in this anxious state, your brain's blood, oxygen and glucose get drained from the telencephalon. This area of the brain supports creative and rational thought. Instead, they are redirected to the amygdala, which helps the immediate response.
This reaction in your brain makes it hard to think clearly and rationally when in an anxious or panicked state.
As a result, you can experience a range of physical symptoms such as:
Shortness of breath
High blood pressure
The fight-or-flight response helped our ancestors escape danger. But today, we rarely face the same kind of danger. So instead, our fight-or-flight response kicks in when we perceive a threat, whether real or not.
There are various anxiety and panic triggers. Although each person experiences these differently, there are similarities among people who experience anxiety. Sometimes it can also feel like anxiety happens with no obvious trigger.
If this happens, it can cause an emotional and psychological spiral that makes it difficult for the sufferer to find the original cause. Along with the emotional side-effects, people frequently report experiencing ongoing depression from being unable to change the anxiety.
Physical symptoms of anxiety can include:
Your Anxiety Trigger:
It’s important to understand that anxiety is a normal response to perceived threats and distress. However, anxiety becomes a problem for most people when it’s ongoing and interferes with everyday life.
There are various ways to help treat anxiety by addressing the symptoms and experiences of anxiety directly. For example, activities like meditation, yoga, exercise, breath work, and hypnosis are known to have calming effects on people who experience anxiety.
The approach that’s been most valuable for clients I work with involves understanding the triggers of their anxiety and tracing them back to the original cause. Anxiety exists for a reason, and it can point to an imbalance of perception in your mind.
By tracing back to the actual cause, you can resolve any fears, anxieties and heightened emotions associated with the trigger and work to neutralise the ongoing stress. There is almost always a reason for your experiences with anxiety, but you don’t have to live with them forever.
There’s a good chance that you’ve tried various remedies for your anxiety, including anything from CBT to aromatherapy and dietary changes. Depending on your situation, these varied approaches may make it difficult for you to find a simple solution to your anxiety.
Question You Might Have.
You may not know what triggers your anxiety, and that’s okay. Part of working with a mindset coach like myself is becoming aware of the original cause.
Depending on where you are in your journey with anxiety, you may feel like you’ve already tried everything, but nothing works. Instead of looking for a temporary fix, my job is to help you find the root cause of the anxiety and its purpose in your life.
Then we work to understand and appreciate the cause, which can help give you better control over your anxiety. Unfortunately, I can’t claim to cure your anxiety, but I can equip you with the tools to change your response to hidden triggers and physical symptoms.
How long it takes for anxiety to settle varies from person to person. Some people notice a change in their anxiety within several weeks of working with me, and others have experienced a change sooner. However, as long as we get to the bottom of the cause, we’ll be able to calm down your anxiety.
If you know what your triggers are, then that’s great. Some of the work is already done. I can help by tracing the triggers to an original cause and resolving them, so they no longer cause the anxiety.
Let’s Work Together.
If you’re ready to change your experience with anxiety and panic, join the waitlist to book a free 60-minute discovery session to help you better understand how I work and how I can help. There is limited availability so be sure to act quickly.
At any given time, I only take on eight clients to ensure the service you receive is the gold standard you would expect from a life-changing service like this one. So be sure to join the waitlist today to take advantage of the next opening.