ANXIETY CAN PLAY GAMES WITH YOUR MIND AND YOUR BODY

Please consult your doctor if you are concerned about any of these symptoms.

Contact me for a complimentary chat if you would like more information concerning techniques that may assist you to reduce your anxiety.

Many people suffer with symptoms of anxiety disorders but don`t realise that the symptoms are a reaction to STRESSORS. People may push aside these emotional and physical feelings believing everyone probably feels as they do, or that there is nothing they can do to help themselves. Both these concepts are incorrect.

Below are some common symptoms of anxiety disorders that may resonate with you.

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY DISORDERS

Fear, Worry And Self Doubt

Do you regularly feel any of these symptoms?

You may feel you are the only person who experiences these symptoms, but a large percentage of the population live with anxiety symptoms at some stage of their life.

TIP: Talk with some one you trust about your feelings, you might be surprised they understand what you are experiencing, and offer support.  It`s possible they have at some stage lived with anxiety too.  

Ready To Implode Or Explode

Do you feel you are imploding, ready to turn inward and isolate from others, or explode like a volcano?

Recognising you are at this point of reacting to anxiety is helpful as a stimulus to take action to prevent either imploding or exploding.

TIP:  As soon as you sense your anxiety level is escalating, do some deep breathing. Slowly inhale as you count to 3 in your mind, hold that breath as you count to 3 and then exhale slowly as you count to 3. At the same time in your mind tell yourself “STOP. I AM IN CONTROL AND I AM CALM”. Repeat this technique 3 times in succession. Repeat this technique several times a day (even when not anxious)to assist the brain to automatically utilise this technique.

Something Is About To Go Terribly Wrong

Do you worry something is about to go terribly wrong even when your life is going really well?

Focus on the positives in your life. Live in the “HERE AND NOW” and by doing so regularly, you are training your mind not to spend precious time worrying about the future.

TIP: Use positive self talk to reaffirm that “YOU ARE MANAGING WELL HERE AND NOW”, and that you will continue to do so as “YOU ARE IN CONTROL AND YOU ARE CALM”.

Are Your Feelings Irrational?

Your mind may know your feelings are irrational but your feelings reinforce those emotions just the same.

Assess your irrational feelings, are they serving you any purpose?  Replace irrational emotions that are causing you anxiety with rational and healthy emotions that improve your positive feelings.

TIP: Ask yourself where the proof is that your irrational emotions are valid. When you recognise there is no proof, tell yourself you reject those emotions. Now you can replace those toxic feelings with positive emotions concerning how well you are managing and acknowledge the attributes you possess.

Reduced Ability To Function Well  

Do you feel reduced ability to function well in social settings or to make decisions? Perhaps it is becoming more difficult concentrating at work or enjoying your personal relationships.

Some people feel generally anxious every day. While others identify a particular area of their life that is causing anxiety, such as their work.

TIP: Take one step at a time, prioritize the area of your life you desire to improve first. When you are satisfied with the improvement in that area, prioritize the next area you wish to change so you can enjoy a more rewarding lifestyle. Decide what you can change and how you can go about the process of making the changes (one step at a time).

Isolating Yourself

Isolating yourself is typically a gradual process and upon reflection, some people are surprised  they have isolated themselves so much.

Isolation may seem to be a way of protecting yourself from anxious situations, but it frequently deepens the anxiety as you experience more time to fixate on your stressors and how your negative emotions interfere with the life style you would like for yourself.

TIP: As soon as you notice you are starting to isolate yourself, make a conscious decision to regain control by organising a catch up with a person you feel comfortable with. Start small such as meeting for a coffee. Keep increasing the frequency and length of time you mix with others. Once again, practice positive self talk to assist your brain to change to a more confident attitude and therefore improving your feelings as well.

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Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety Attacks are also called Panic Attacks. If someone has experienced multiple anxiety attacks, the person may then be diagnosed as having an Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety Attacks often occur quickly without warning, usually during the day. However they can occur at night when the person is sleeping.  Attacks can be spontaneous or triggered by a stressor.

TIP: Anxiety Attacks can be mentally confusing and emotionally frightening as well as physically stressful. However they are not considered life threatening. People can manage to lessen the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks by utilizing the technique written as a    Tip:  Ready to Implode or Explode.

PHYSICAL SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY DISORDERS

Blurred Vision And Dizziness

Blurred vision and/or dizziness occurring and then disappearing is often a common symptom of anxiety. It can be infrequent and a little annoying or frequent and intrusive. Depending on the severity you may feel nauseas and experience a loss of concentration and physical balance.

TIP: If safe to do so, sit down, close your eyes gently and relax your body. At the same time, in your mind tell yourself “I AM IN CONTROL, I AM CALM.”  Slowly open your eyes and take a slow deep breath, hold that breath for 3 seconds and then slowly exhale. Repeat this technique several times until the symptoms reduce.

Grinding Teeth

Grinding your teeth can have a severe effect on the enamel of your teeth, your jaw alignment and cause pain to the jaw joints. Headaches can be a result of grinding your teeth too.

Grinding of teeth usually occurs during sleep, however some people do grind their teeth during waking hours.

TIP:  Develop a suitable routine that is calming for you when preparing for sleep. You could include listening to soothing music, darkened the room,  do some relaxation techniques to help you enjoy a more relaxed sleep. Consider consulting your dentist who may suggest supplying a splint or mouth guard to prevent further damage and pain.

Shallow Breathing

When people are experiencing anxiety,  their breathing tends to become shallow which accentuates other symptoms of anxiety.

It may be hard to catch your breath and increases the sense of fainting.

TIP: Sit down if possible, make an effort to slow down your breathing and inhale as deeply as you can through your nose. At the same time, reassure yourself you are inhaling adequate oxygen, you are OK and the shallow breathing will pass shortly.

Anxiety Attacks

Anxiety Attacks are also called Panic Attacks. If someone has experienced multiple anxiety attacks, the person may then be diagnosed as having an Anxiety Disorder.

Anxiety Attacks often occur quickly without warning, usually during the day. However they can occur at night when the person is sleeping.  Attacks can be spontaneous or triggered by a stressor.

TIP: Anxiety Attacks can be mentally confusing and emotionally frightening as well as physically stressful. However they are not considered life threatening. People can manage to lessen the frequency and severity of anxiety attacks by utilizing the technique written as a    Tip:  Ready to Implode or Explode.

Frequent Urination and/or Diarrhea

 Frequent urination and/or diarrhea are at the very least inconvenient and embarrassing. People who experience frequent urination and/or diarrhea often feel fatigued and irritated therefore adding more stress to their anxiety.

TIP: If these symptoms continue consult your doctor. Take extra personal items with you when going out in case a change is needed.  If possible before going out check where the closest facilities are located.

Headaches

Headaches due to anxiety may present anywhere in the head, the face and the neck.

They may last a short time or for several days even after the anxiety level decreases. Some people suffer with headaches very regularly and they can be mild to very severe.  Severe headaches can be debilitating causing other   symptoms such as nauseas, blurry vision and shaking to develop along with the headache.

TIP: Sometimes a heat pillow or a cold compress will help alleviate the pain. Utilize a relaxation technique to physically relax the tension in your body. If possible keep noise to a minimum. Drink lots of water. Move head slowly. Some people need to have a sleep to recuperate.

Shaking

The whole body may shake with sensations of cramping and feeling hot or feel limp as ready to fall. Perhaps it is only parts of the body that is shaking.  The arms, hands, and fingers could feel hot, tingly and twitchy or the opposite, cold and clammy.  The legs and feet may experience shaking and a weakness or even a burning.

TIP: Sit down if you can, close your eyes and focus on your breathing, easy and regular. In and out, in and out at a rate that is suitable for your body. Continue to focus on your breathing for several minutes which may in turn relax your body.  Be aware your lower limbs are shaking less, your torso is more stable, your upper limbs are becoming still and your shoulders, neck and head are feeling comfortable.

 

Time for a Change

Many people live with anxiety in various forms. A high percentage of people can be assisted to reduce the level of anxiety that interferes with the lifestyle they deserve.

If you are challenged by any of the above SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY, or different symptoms that you believe are due to anxiety and you are ready to take back control of your daily life please contact me now. Together we can plan strategies and techniques to reduce the burden of your anxiety.

I am here to help you.  Please contact me now or phone me on 0409 772 015.