What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a normal but unpleasant part of life and it can affect us all in different ways and at different times, whereas stress may be due to external factors such as work, relationships or money problems. Anxiety is something that you can persist whether or not the cause is clear.

Anxiety can make a person create a different perception from their reality which can prevent them from confronting their fears.

Anxiety and stress are caused due to the same physical reaction. This is called the fight or flight response. First described by Walter Bradford Cannon around the 1900s he explains that it was where animals react to threats by releasing hormones such as adrenaline into the nervous system preparing them to either fight the danger or to take the flight (run away from the danger). Previously this mechanism was great for our bodies because it would give us a boost of adrenaline that we would need to carry out the act of either fighting the great danger or running away, however, the world has evolved.

We no longer need this fight or flight surge therefore in the modern day a lot of us stay in this high alert and a constant stressed state which can affect your mental health, immune system and blood pressure.

Some of the physical symptoms of anxiety are:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased muscle tension
  • Hyperventilation
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling sick
  • Tightness of the chest
  • Hot flushes
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Shaking
  • Palpitations

When suffering from anxiety you can also suffer from some common psychological symptoms are:

  • Thinking that you may lose control and/or go mad
  • Thinking that you may die
  • Thinking that you may be having a heart attack
  • Thinking that people are looking at you

Often people with anxiety will avoid the situation and although this may feel like the best thing to do, it is only a short term solution. The best thing for anxiety is to confront your fears and push yourself into an uncomfortable zone where you can enable yourself to make effective changes.

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How I can help

Be U Counselling Service can help with two main techniques. With the use of CBT, we can help you to manage your anxiety by helping you to break down your thought so you can separate rational thoughts from an irrational thought. Then with the use of mindfulness, we can help you to relax and concentrate on the here and now, giving you greater clarity on your surroundings. Learning these techniques and methods can make a huge difference as it is important to not let the fear of your anxiety rule your life.

I offer a free 30 minute, no obligation session where you can come and meet me, ask me questions or use it as a short counselling session to get a feel for what to commit to. This session will give you the opportunity to discover if you feel comfortable working with me and are able to build a therapeutic relationship with me which is important for counselling to take place. If after the 30 minutes, you are happy and would like to continue the counselling sessions, I will book you in for an assessment session where we will set out a therapeutic contract.

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