Anxiety in Yourself -How to Recognise and Heal It

Anxiety in Yourself -How to Recognise and Heal It

Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its strength ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Anxiety is pretty much a staple of the human emotional diet these days. Some of it can be a normal reaction to life experiences that can actually be a good thing because it spurs you into action,  However, when it is a constant stress that keeps you spinning in overwhelm. This type of stress can have a detrimental effect on relationships and on your ability to thrive and be at ease. When stress upends your stability, it might be time to take some action to turn the volume down on your worries and fears. 

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a part of a normal reaction to danger wherein  the body’s automatic fight-or-flight response are triggered. This occurs when you feel threatened, under pressure, or are facing a challenging situations, such as a job interview, exam, or illness. In moderation, anxiety isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can help you to stay alert and focused, spur you to action, and motivate you to solve problems. However, when anxiety is constant or overwhelming—when worries and fears interfere with your relationships and daily life—you’ve likely crossed the line into the type of anxiety that is no longer helpful.

Anxiety symptoms may vary from person to person. One individual may suffer from intense panic attacks that strike without warning, while another gets anxious at the mere thought of mingling at a party. Someone else may struggle with a crippling fear of driving, or  be plagued with uncontrollable, intrusive thoughts that paralyzes them.  Yet another may live in a constant state of tension, worrying and fretting about anything and everything.  Despite their different forms, all anxiety disorders elicit an intense fear or worry that is out of proportion to the situation at hand.

Signs and symptoms of anxiety

Overthinking –   ruminating incessantly or become trapped in a a flurry of thoughts when deciding about something straightforward

Avoidance being so afraid that work presentation or upcoming get-together that you make excuses to not face it.

Worry – Ever got a fever or stomach issues before a big event?  stress and anxiety can affect your physiology. (see avoidance above – your mind is profoundly powerful! )

Panic – Breathing felt difficult?  The overriding feeling of fear that results in breathlessness or feeling like you are suffocating might be a sign of a panic attack. Always remember, you are safe even though it may feel dire in the moment.

Procrastination – “I will do it tomorrow.”If you are a procrastinator, you may be trying to avoid tasks that will provoke your anxiety.  

When anxiety blasts through your life, the ability to manage it needs tools you can access in simple and immediate ways.  Consider any of the following actions. It is important to listen to your intuitive needs and choose the actions that best support you in your situation:

  •  meditation – quiet reflection and focusing on inner wellbeing 
  •  breathwork – breathwork sessions can support the release of what blocks your inner peace 
  • exercise particularly walking in nature – movement while focusing on each step will help turn down the volume on your stress
  • yoga – a combination of gentle movement and focus on the body changes your perspective so you can return to your life with fresh ideas
  • seek counsel or talk to a friend
  • find an inspiring quote, write it down and place it where you can see it everyday – it can become your most powerful affirmation and path to peace.

Anxiety does not have to drive your psychological car – set yourself free – it is possible….Breathe and be well!

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