If you suffer from anxiety, you are not alone. It is a common condition in our society, especially in these times of rapid change and multiple pressures to succeed.
1 in 9 people will at some point suffer panic attacks. No one person’s anxiety is exactly the same as another’s, and we all have individual ‘buttons’ that get pressed in the process of going through a normal day.
We are wired to go into ‘fight or flight’ mode when we feel endangered or unsafe. We need this response to keep us safe from real dangers. But intense anxiety often arises in situations that are not life-threatening – with all the physical reactions that would be more appropriate to prepare us for running away from a hungry wild animal. Our heart rate increases and our blood rushes to our muscles so that we can run away. Our bloodstream is flooded with stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which would be naturally and safely dispersed if we actually did run away. Instead, we may be sitting in a work meeting.The adrenaline and cortisol flood our body, but are not dispersed by intense physical activity as nature intended. Instead they cause us to feel drained and unwell.
Anxiety can take many forms. Social anxiety, agoraphobia, intense shyness, blushing, fear of blushing, being sick in a public place – the list of human fears is endless. We can also feel anxious for no reason that we can consciously identify, and that in itself is worrying. We can assume that we are ‘going mad’ and even blame and beat ourselves up for it, making the anxiety even worse.
Relief from anxiety
Counselling can help you identify what is worrying you. It can help you find resources you already have but never learned to use, so that you can feel calm and safe, and support yourself effectively, through situations that you once found very threatening. You will know that you are not alone and that you are certainly not ‘going mad’. With help, you can free yourself from anxiety. and learn how to cope better with stress in the future. Contact me today for a no obligation chat.