Anxiety is a natural, sometimes necessary part of life that can affect us all, and is fundamentally there to protect you from threatening or dangerous situations, creating the ‘fight flight fright’ response that you may have heard of.
In a ‘normal’ situation, our feeling of anxiety allows our adrenaline to flow, to ready us for the right response, like running away from danger, or freezing on the spot to avoid walking into a dangerous situation, then the anxiety level drops and goes completely.
It also helps with things like: taking an exam / driving test, public speaking, doing a performance, chairing a meeting, maybe asking someone out or standing up for yourself.
You may feel you have butterflies in your stomach, a racing heart, maybe clammy palms and a dry mouth, but you can deal with it.
There is also an ‘adrenaline rush’ you can get from excitement, like being on a roller coaster or achieving something great.
Where anxiety becomes a problem, and can be known as General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is when the anxiety is prolonged, or out of context with the situation, and for those of you who do suffer, you will know it can affect your life quite markedly.
The types of feelings you may have are
- A racing heart – palpitations – hyperventilating (breathing too fast) – feeling you can’t breath at all – a tight chest – feeling light headed or dizzy
- Flushing and going red – shaking – sweating – clammy palms – feeling sick – legs like lead or jelly – a dry mouth – tearful - stammering
- You may think you are losing control – that you’re going mad – like you want to hide or run away – you feel on edge all the time – feeling detached from reality - feeling like you may die – utterly exhausted, due to continued state of alert and insomnia (lack of and poor sleep).
- A head full of negative self talk and being pessimistic
You may know the source of the anxiety, but sometimes you may not know at all, and it could happen at any time.
Does this sounds like you and do you want things to change?
you can also read further information and tips on my blog page - A is for Anxiety http://www.andreabarker.co.uk/blog/21-a-is-for-anxiety