Are you Struggling with Anxiety?

Everyone will feel worried about something during their lifetime it’s a normal reaction to finding ourselves in a stressful situation. 

If however you find yourself feeling anxious without knowing why, or feel like it’s taking over your life, then you may be suffering from a form of anxiety.

Physical Symptoms

Can include the following:

·      Tightness in the chest

·      Having a dry mouth

·      Hot or sweaty palms

·      Shortness of breath

·      Feeling dizzy or light headed

·      Grinding your teeth whilst sleeping

·      Feeling nauseous or being sick

·      Wanting to use the toilet more often

·      Your heart to race

·      Difficulty relaxing

Psychological symptoms

Can cause you to feel the following:

·      Panicked, anxious or scared

·      That people are looking at you

·      Like you’re losing control

·      That your over thinking

·      As though things are going faster or slower                                     

·      To worry about things that might happen

·      Like you’re going mad or going to die

·      A constant need to escape your current situation

·      Panic that you’re not going to get to the toilet in time

·      Like you’re losing your grip on reality

Behavioural Changes

Can vary but can include:

·      Socialising with friends and family less often

·      Not enjoying things you used to, or to avoid doing them

·      Using the car when you would have normally walked

·      Shopping on line or when you know it will be quiet

·      When you do go out, not going out alone or late at night

·      Consciously sitting or parking where you can leave easily

·      Struggle to concentrate at work

·      Not looking after yourself

·      Resist trying new things

Self Help for Anxiety

There are things you can do to help with your anxiety, and you can find lots of information on the internet to help.  Instead of thinking about how anxious you are feeling, try shifting your thoughts to focus on your breathing.

Belly breathing is a good technique to try as when people feel anxious they shallow breath from their chest.

·     Lie down and place 1 hand on your chest and the other on your tummy.

·     Clear your mind and let your body relax into the mattress.

·     Slowly breathe in through your nose and you should feel your hand on your tummy rise, whilst the hand on your chest remains fairly still.

·     Exhale slowly through your mouth

·     Re9o8o*peat until you feel better

Keep a diary of when you feel anxious and write down why you felt that way, to help you better understand what causes or triggers your anxiety. When you’re in a situation that makes you feel particularly anxious, thinking how you would advise a friend to deal with it can make it easier to resolve. Look for free relaxation recordings on-line and relaxation exercises that may help.

 

Professional Help

If you’re still struggling you should consult your doctor who can prescribe you with antianxiety medication and if necessary refer you for therapy.  A counsellor will help you to find the route cause for your anxiety and with the help of therapies like psychotherapy and CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) learn how to overcome it for good.  Written by Jan, Jeana and Wendy at Barnsley Hypnosis and Counselling (UK).  For more free information click above link.

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