Anxiety is a general feeling of fear, uneasiness, panic or nervousness.
Everyone feels anxiety at some point when faced with a challenging situation, such as going for an interview, starting a new job, or sitting exams. It is evolutionary, how we were created, and the body’s way of keeping us safe.
Anxiety makes us more alert and sends blood to our limbs so we can run away from a really scary hungry tiger …... really fast. Our bodies were designed to react this way, however we no longer have to deal with the same hungry tiger threats that we once did. Luckily!
Anxiety makes us more alert, which was helpful when faced with a tiger
For some people, the anxious feeling goes away after a short period, when we perceive the threat to be over, and we can begin to feel calmer again. However, for others, we are left with an overwhelming feeling of anxiety and we find it hard to calm ourselves down again. This is then known as an anxiety disorder.
When the feelings are too strong, or too constant, or too overwhelming, we may need tools and techniques to help us. Anxiety can soon spiral out of control and have an impact on our lives, maybe preventing us from walking into crowded places, attending social situations, or preventing us from leaving the house all together. Some of us are still able to portray confidence to the outside world, while not able to function behind closed doors. The to-do list may be out of control and it feels safer to start nothing, than fail at something. You may be overwhelmed, stuck in a rut and not able to see a way forward. Some of us will feel anxious all of the time, while other may feel extreme anxiety in certain situations where we feel threatened.
This is where talking therapies can be helpful as they challenge how we behave and think about our own unique world, and offer tools and techniques to overcome our fears.
“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”
With as many as one in four people experiencing anxiety, it is a very common mental ill health condition, but it can be treated with talking therapies, as well as CBT, NLP, EFT and relaxation techniques. Together, these therapies and techniques will challenge your thought process and provide you with the tools to overcome your anxiety.
While some people choose medication prescribed by their doctor, studies have shown that the above options can be equally, if not more, successful.