Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety & Stress
Anxiety is a term that covers many feelings. The symptoms vary but may present as a nervous or apprehensive feeling, fear or general worry. Sometimes anxiety is a physical experience such as dizziness, pounding heart, dry mouth or panic attacks.
Anxiety originally stems from our 'fight or flight' response to danger, to help us to stay safe but sometimes this response has become too sensitive and we experience anxiety without any real threat of danger.
Stress is primarily a physical response when we think we are under attack, it also is a 'fight or flight' response which releases a mixture of hormones into our bodies in preparation to cope with the dangerous situation. This has a direct physical effect on the body, for example, a pounding heart or a sudden burst of energy. If stress levels remain high for prolonged periods it can have an adverse effect on our bodies such as an inability to think straight, becoming aggressive or argumentative and many physical health problems. Stress can lead to difficulties with your relationships, your ability to work and in turn increases stressful feelings.
Suffering from anxiety and stress can have a direct effect on how we live our daily lives, whether it is experiencing the discomfort of the symptoms themselves or by your behaviours such as avoiding any situations that may cause us to feel anxious or stressed.
Talking about what you are experiencing can help you gain an understanding of how you feel or behave and what is going on for you. Through talking, you gain a greater insight into yourself and it opens up new choices about how you can manage what you are experiencing now. Our past can sometimes influence how we feel in the present, so by exploring a time before you felt anxious can help you discover why you feel as you do now and help you make changes so you can experience life differently.