Anxiety Disorders Explained ……… Anxiety Relief at Hand

One day you’re leading a normal, busy life and the next you’re struck down by debilitating anxiety symptoms followed by depression. So, why now?

Maybe it’s not now. Maybe your anxiety disorder started years ago but without any obvious symptoms. It is also not uncommon to find depression / anxiety symptoms alternating. Because of this, depression / anxiety symptoms can be confusing.

To obtain some kind of anxiety relief it is important to gain a good understanding of what an anxiety disorder is.

Below we have posted a simple explanation of anxiety disorder and panic attacks. Visit our published article on this website for a full explanation of why our nervous system operates in its ‘fight or flight’ response and why we hyperventilate.

Remember: Anxiety disorders and panic attacks are big wake up calls. They let you know that your current lifestyle has brought you to an emotionally unhealthy place.

Knowing why your physical and emotional symptoms occur gives you an understanding of how to change them.

Visit our published article on this website for a full explanation of why our nervous system operates in its ‘fight or flight’ response and why we hyperventilate.

Anxiety is the body’s stress response. It is accompanied by a variety of symptoms, the most common being; heart palpitations, chest pains, throbbing or stabbing pains, a feeling of tightness around the chest and inability to take in enough air, dizziness, trembling, and a tendency to hyperventilate.

While this is a normal rational response to a real danger, anxiety disorders usually lack a clear or realistic cause. These unpleasant emotional states can range from mild unease to intense fear.

Anxiety disorders can be either acute or chronic:

  • Acute: usually manifests as episodes of panic attack, in which the body’s natural ‘fight’ or ‘flight’ reaction occurs at the wrong time.
  • Chronic: a milder, more generalized form of anxiety. An underlying anxiousness is felt most of the time that doesn’t reach the level of a panic attack – although it may lead to one. Tension in the back and neck muscles often leads to headaches, back pain and muscle aches. Chronic fatigue is also another possible symptom.

The physical symptoms are only half the picture.
Let’s analyse the thinking patterns.

Did you know? Studies have shown that a thought can trigger the same chemical messages within your brain as would the actual reality. i.e. if you are thinking about sitting an exam, the thought would produce the same fear chemicals as if you were actually sitting the exam.

“Think a negative thought,        
        produce a negative feeling”

Continuing to think in this negative pattern will produce an automatic response in which you will start feeling nervous, anxious and fearful without the need of the original thought.

“Your body has become        
        addicted to the feeling”

You will now feel anxious and fearful for no real reason at all.

Initially it was the thought that triggered the feelings, now the feelings initiate the thought.

How do we change this?

In theory, it is quite simple – change your thinking! But in practice it is quite difficult because like any addiction, you are physically dependant on it.

Just remember:

“Happy thoughts equal            
            happy chemicals in the brain”

Every day think of a thought (or many different thoughts) to bring a smile to your face or to fill you with good emotions. That unconscious smile or good emotion is proof that we have produced a happy chemical. This is not to be mistaken with affirmations. Saying a quote is not the same as ‘feeling’ the quote.

Where in the body do you feel safe? What image do you need to conjure to make you feel empowered? Enjoy the moment and really feel your whole body enjoy the experience. Take the ride.

The more time you spend feeling this way, the less time you spend feeling fearful or disempowered. The more time you spend feeling ‘good’, the quicker your body will become accustomed to its new-found well-being.

Our online anxiety workshop will talk more on this subject and give you more practical approaches.

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