Guide to Anxiety
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Anxiety is what you experience when your body and mind do not have the resources left to help you cope with your day.
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Anxiety originates in
- your brain
- your thought processes
- your behaviors
- and you feel it in your body.
Anxiety is different from stress. With stress, you might think of this as a short term burst of having too much to do, but it passes, and you relax.
With anxiety, what you feel, can overwhelm you, and it does not go away, like stress. Also what you feel, is too much in relation to what is actually happening in your life.
Stress is what you feel at the time, in relation to what is going on in your life, and anxiety is what you do to yourself.
Say you have an important meeting or exam next week.
Stress is feeling that you have a lot to do before next week. Feeling nervous on the day, and relief when it is over.
Anxiety is constantly worrying about it before hand, nervous during the day. Afterwards, not being able to get it out of your head. Anxiety occurs when your thoughts, and what you feel in your body, start to affect your day to day life.
How does anxiety start?
You might be placing too much pressure on yourself in your daily life. When I see people in my private practice they often say, “I’m not stressed.” ” I have nothing to be anxious about,” but yet, they experience anxiety.
Ask yourself these questions.
Do you often find yourself saying “I’m too busy to …..” ” I can’t switch off.”
Ask yourself how many hours do you work per day.
How much of your headspace is taking up with worrying?
Over working and busyness are commonplace in our hectic lifestyles, but common or not, they can lead to anxiety.
What goes on in your brain when this happens?
Your brain is being taught to be anxious! It already knows to be fearful when there is something truly frightening happening, and now your brain may be learning to be fearful of the day to day experiences.
Some anxiety is part and parcel of life and is necessary and helpful to us. For example, if you were standing at the top of a steep flight of stairs and suddenly lost your footing, you will be familiar with the quick burst of adrenalin that you feel.
Your heart beats faster, your breathing speeds up and you get a fright for those few seconds until you realize that you have found your footing and did not fall down the stairs. This burst of anxiety actually helped you to recover, by giving you the energy and alertness to correct your balance.
Although we do not mean to, much of the day to day anxiety we create ourselves. How? Our self talk. We talk to ourselves inside our head almost constantly. Thinking about things that we have done in the past and our worries about the future.
We comment on practically everything that we do.
- I wish I didn’t do that
- I wish I didn’t say
- I will never get this right
- What if I can’t cope
- I must loose weight
- I have to stop eating junk food
- How come everyone can cope and I can’t?
We never stop to consider the impact all of this self talk has on our brain. That it will affect both how we feel and what we do.
It is laying down a pattern of anxiety in your brain. It will start to affect your nervous system.