In the UK
1-10 people live with and anxiety disorder.
Human beings have a very clever system in our bodies which is designed to help keep us safe. The system is known as fear, fight or flight (FFF) and it is designed to create an e-motion to move us away from perceived threat or danger.
Unfortunately when we are under prolonged pressure our safety system may start to become sensitive to things that would not bother us usually.
When we become overwhelmed the smaller things become harder to deal with and our anxiety base line level may rise - causing our FFF response to trigger more frequently.
When anxiety is continuous it can start to impact on how you live your life, which means that it might impact on work, your social life and your health and wellbeing.
Some symptoms of Anxiety:
Shortness of Breath, Dry Mouth, Difficulty Swallowing, Chest Pain, Palpitations, Headaches,
Dizziness, Worrying Thoughts, Feelings of Doom, Irritability, Hypervigilance, Poor Concentration, Numbness/Tingling, Muscle Tension, Tremors, Sweating, Nausea/abdominal Disturbance, Sexual Dysfunction, Menstrual Disturbance, Frequent Urination and Insomnia
Immediate Help for Anxiety
breathe in through the nose for a count of 7.
Breathe out though the mouth for a count of 11
Repeat until feeling more relaxed
If you are particularly anxious or having a panic attack breathe in and out of the nose only
if this seems too difficult make the count lower 4-7
Breathe in for a count of 4, pause for count of 4 , breathe out for count of 4, pause for count of 4
Repeat until you are feeling more relaxed.
If you would like to learn other techniques to reduce anxiety please get in touch.