WHERE DOES ANXIETY ORIGINATE?
and HOW CAN WE OVERCOME ANXIETY IN OUR LIVES?
General anxiety and panic attacks can be explained from a physical and psychological perspective. For example, the very genesis (beginning) of a panic attack starts with a single thought in the mind that happens so fast, that the conscious mind cannot register it. This thought triggers cortisol and other biochemicals for a fight or flight response, that the conscious mind cannot understand. In other words, the thought that created the fight or flight response didn’t register with the conscious mind and has travelled immediately to the feelings and emotional responses/reactions.
Have you ever noticed that when you first realise that you are panicking (emotional response), that you have absolutely no idea what led to this emotional reaction/response (perceived fear). Furthermore, before we know it, our behaviour changes from running away from a specific situation and/or persons, or we might call in sick from work due to the thought of having a panic attack. Then the “all to0 familiar” happens! We are now on the downward spiral of reactions/responses from our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. For example, from the physical perspective, one of the practical ways of dealing with anxiety and/or panic attacks, is to become aware of your heart rate and your breathing, by using techniques that slow the breathing down and in turn the heart rate begins to normalise. This can and does successfully bring anxiety and the consequent panic attack under control. These are some of the helpful ways we can deal with anxiety. However, these strategies are not the only solution to reducing anxiety.
Anxiety is complex to understand in that anxiety doesn’t just affect us at a physical level. Rather, when anxiety shows up in rapid breathing and an escalated heart response, this anxiety can generally be more easily detected. This is largely because anxiety can be more obvious and visible to both ourselves and by others in that the anxiety is observable and is more tangible in its presence. Anxiety can and does affect us physically, mentally/psychologically, socially and spiritually. Most of us have experienced anxiety in one or several areas of our lives. Anxiety and the effects of anxiety, can and does limit us in our day to day lives.
If your anxiety is limiting your quality of life, or someone you know is struggling with anxiety, seeking professional help is beneficial. Counselling/therapy is certainly worth considering as a foundational step towards conquering the debilitating effects of anxiety. Counselling provides support and many therapeutic interventions used in this process can assist in the prevention of the negative effects of anxiety in your life.
Essential Holistic Counselling offers an holistic approach to dealing with anxiety and other emotional issues. When we look at the whole person and your functioning, in conjunction with your narrative, we are more successful in determining what approach is best for you. We say this because each person is unique in everyway. Therefore, your road to recovery is going to be unique and tailored to specifically suit you and your needs.
Following is a PDF that is helpful to understanding what happens to your body when we experience anxiety