Hello and welcome to my first blog.
Many of us suffer from Anxiety but what is it?
Anxiety is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – catastrophising in our mind over things that may or may not happen, or could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural chemical bodily response when we perceive that we are under threat. It can be experienced through our thoughts, feelings and physical sensations. The body releases the chemical adrenaline which prepares us for the threat in fight or flight mode, and then once the perceived danger has passed, the body stops the adrenaline, and our heart rate slows down again, and we calm down.
Are you anxious? What part of your life is making you anxious? What are you scared of?
Is it work related? Current or past relationship, parenting skills, childhood issues, money? Health?
How is it affecting you – overeating, lack of sleep, isolating from everyone, nervous, feeling tearful, low self-esteem, shortness of breath/palpitations?
What are your coping methods – drinking too much alcohol, smoking more, anger, exercise, avoidance of feelings/emotions?
Get a blank piece of paper and look at the root causes what, why, where, how and when of your anxiety. Keep a diary of what is triggering your anxiety. What are you doing at the time it comes on?
Psychoeducation and self-awareness are a very important part of counselling and mental health issues.
Thanks for reading.