About Anxiety Management
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety affects our whole being. It affects how we feel, how we behave and has very real physical symptoms.
It feels a bit like fear but whereas we know what we are frightened of, we often don't know what we are anxious about.
Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling — severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating.
What causes Anxiety?
Anxiety is often triggered by stress in our lives. Some of us are more vulnerable to anxiety than others, but even those who become anxious easily can learn to manage it well. We can also make ourselves anxious with "negative self-talk" — a habit of always telling ourselves the worst will happen.
How can I recognise Anxiety?
As well as feeling apprehensive and worried (possibly without knowing why), you may experience some of the following physical symptoms:
- Tense muscles
- Churning stomach
- Heart palpitations
- Numbness or "pins and needles" in arms, hands or legs
- It is easy to mistake symptoms of anxiety for physical illness and become worried that you might be suffering a heart attack or stroke. This of course increases anxiety.
When is Anxiety a problem?
We all become anxious from time to time. It becomes a problem when it interferes with life in the absence of real threat, or goes on too long after the danger has past.