Understanding anxiety

While it might not feel like it at the time, Anxiety is a normal reaction to a stressful situation – a real threat.  What isn’t normal is when you trigger an anxiety response to a perceived threat (a false alarm).

It depends on the type of anxiety disorder, but general symptoms include:

  • Feelings of panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Cold or sweaty hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Not being able to be still and calm
  • Dry mouth
  • Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
  • Nausea
  • Muscle tension
  • Dizziness

It’s hard to believe that these physiological responses are normal responses that everyone experiences when faced with a real threat.  I stress the word ‘real’ because an Anxiety Disorder more often than not, does not occur due to a realistic threat such as, a vicious dog chasing you, or fighting at war et cetera.  When you press the ‘panic button’ for a perceived threatening situation that does not actually occur, you will experience  some if not most of the typical symptoms listed above.  Pressing the ‘panic button’ too often to a false alarm will result in continuous exhaustion, and a restricted life.  Therefore, to successfully treat an Anxiety Disorder, you must focus on addressing the trigger and not just the symptoms.

Often symptoms can be so frightening, that you can develop a fear of having a panic attack and you will do everything in your power to prevent one by avoiding situations that you have identified as potential triggers.  Panicking about having a panic attack.  This occurs when the original trigger (fear) that brought on the initial attack becomes replaced by a new trigger (new fear), the fear of having an anxiety attack.

To effectively treat an Anxiety Disorder, you must first develop confidence in being able to manage and control the symptoms, and then address the cause (trigger) of the attacks.  The latter is the complicated part.  A skilled and experienced therapist should be able to help you identify the trigger and give you the strategies to address the trigger/s.  While poor self-esteem can often be a common trigger, there are many other triggers such as, a bad habit of worrying, catastrophic thinking patterns, and unrealistic expectations and standards to name a few.

Heal Your Mind, Heal Your Life is a self-help book that can help you to not only to understand Anxiety, but also how to identify the trigger/s, and address these triggers to finally free yourself from this crippling condition.   Anxiety can be so difficult to live with that you might find yourself deliberately staying within your comfort zone to avoid it.  Unfortunately, living your life in a ‘box’ and not living your potential will only lead to one thing – Depression.

Heal Your Mind, Heal Your Life will help you to develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding to live an anxiety free life.