Anxiety – Do you find any of the following activities difficult:
- Leaving the house
- Don’t like busy places or crowds
- Worried meeting new people
You could have a problem with anxiety
So what is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a mild to severe mental health issue, we all experience anxiety at some point in our lives. Anxiety can be a debilitating illness with sufferers restricted in many areas of their lives, or something that passes once circumstances change.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as a worry or fear, it can be mild or severe. For example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam or having a medical test or job interview, this anxiety is perfectly normal and in fact helpful, it makes us perform better in a lot of situations.
So feeling anxious is sometimes perfectly normal. However, people with generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) find it difficult to control their worries most or all of the time.
Anxiety may be more constant and often effect their daily lives, in many cases severe anxiety may result in people being afraid to leave their home or visit busy environments such as shopping centres, bars, go on a date or visit sports arenas.
There are also several conditions for which anxiety is the main symptom. Panic disorders, phobias and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can all cause severe anxiety. This page refers to generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) mainly.
We all know the feeling of anxiety, the fear that something unpleasant is about to happen, the tightening in your stomach (knot in stomach) or intense shoulder pain or headaches, different people feel it in different areas of the body, but there is often a physical symptom somewhere.
People often become anxious or worried when they face stress or difficult situations such as illness, unemployment, moving house, or job interviews.
Mild, short-term anxiety is extremely common, however, for some people anxiety can become so extreme that it is disabling. A doctor or medical professional may make a diagnosis of (GAD) if a person has been experiencing a high level anxiety for several months for no apparent or known reason.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
GAD is a long-term condition which causes us to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they actually felt relaxed. GAD can cause both psychological (emotional) and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include feeling irritable or worried and having trouble concentrating or sleeping.
Psychological or Emotional affects?
The Psychological effects of Anxiety may include:
- A sense of fearful anticipation (tension in the body)
- An inability to concentrate
- Constant worrying
- Heightened alertness
- Getting tired easily
- Sleep disturbance
Physical effects may include:
- Feelings of tightness in the chest (or in other body parts)
- Chest pains
- Fast shallow breathing
- Loss of appetite
- Butterfly feelings in the stomach
- Headaches and dizziness
- Muscle tension
- Pounding heart
- Frequent urination
- Loss of interest in sex
- Panic attacks
Two things you can do to actively reduce Anxiety
Over a period of a few weeks you will see a significant improvement if you maintain these:
1. Exercise More
One way to reduce Anxiety is to make sure you have a form of release, one way is to exercise. It’s a great stress reliever and not only that, but the more in shape you get, the more confidence you will have with your body image.
How does this help your Anxiety?
Well, a lot of the times when you’re having a panic attack you feel as if you’re having a heart attack and/or dying, nothing could be further from the truth. Now if you know you’re a lot healthier, this will translate to you having more confidence about your body and your health, thus not getting caught in a fear loop that there is something wrong with the way your body is behaving.
2. Eat healthy
Eating healthily will also help you to keep Anxiety in check. Have you ever noticed that after you eat a big meal your heart rate may start to increase or you may feel a little Anxious?
Cut out or reduce the amount of processed foods from your diet and you’ll experience less Anxiety. In addition to the processed foods, limit your caffeine and sugar intake as those both contribute to increasing anxiety.
These tips will help you get you on the right track, If you really want to learn how to stop anxiety though, you’ll want to look into a program that can get to the root of the anxiety problem.
Sharing your worries with a Counsellor will help you to get to the root of the problem. If you only do one thing, do that thing Now!
Contact an Anxiety Counsellor or Life Coach right Now, you will have then taken the first and most difficult step to recovery.
Learning how to relax will also help you to reduce Anxiety
Relaxation training can reduce anxiety if you practice regularly, however, it can be difficult to find the motivation to practice relaxation alone.
For this reason, relaxation training is often provided with online counselling. This treatment aims to train people to relax their muscles, to breathe slowly and deeply, and to clear the mind of worrying thoughts using thought management tools.
After a few sessions, most people are able to relax and use this new therapeutic tool as part of a regular routine and at times of stress. Your online therapist can teach and support you in learning some very simple techniques, which will be effective in helping to reduce anxiety.
Which treatment is right for you?
We all respond to different treatments in different ways. What works well for one person may not work well for another. Speaking to your doctor will help you weigh up the benefits of the different treatments available.
Your doctor should be able to provide you with information on how different treatments work, how effective they are, and what side effects, if any you may experience.
Medication treatment may be effective for some people, however they do not explore the underlying cause of the anxiety, for most people talking treatments, counselling or therapy is the best option.
In extreme cases some may find a combination of medication and talking treatments or relaxation training most effective.
Anxiety Counselling – What is it?
Anxiety counselling is effective in treating anxiety for most people, Anxiety Counselling aims to help people recognise the stress factors in their lives, and work out coping strategies and therapeutic tools in order to be able to deal with these more effectively.
Online counselling is perfect for people who find it difficult to leave their home, or feel uncomfortable meeting new people face to face. With online counselling you can receive help from a professionally qualified Anxiety counsellor, from the safety and comfort of your own home or work place.
You can also avoid the waiting lists frequently experienced by people accessing counselling through the NHS, by contacting an online Anxiety counsellor.
When you are feeling anxious, it can be difficult to see beyond the day to day problems in life. It can be very difficult finding the energy and motivation to actively try and help yourself.
A counsellor will support you with your issues, and the fact that you can receive this without leaving your home is something that many Anxiety sufferers see as a huge positive and very helpful.
Anxiety often goes hand-in-hand with depression, making it difficult for doctors to diagnose whether an individual has depression with symptoms of anxiety, or anxiety problems that are making them depressed. It can be related to an unsatisfactory or unhappy relationship with self or with others.
Anxiety may also be a symptom of living a life others create for us, or growing up in an unauthentic manner. For example as a child we may be interested in the arts whilst our parents may want us to follow their career into medicine for example, because we want to please our parents we can sometimes stray away from what we would choose for ourselves.
This is known in counselling and psychology as being incongruent I specialise in attachment theory which explains how early childhood experiences can effect our ability to connect with people as adults and live an authentic congruent life.
If you are living with Anxiety – free yourself, talk to me now and get your life back under ‘your’ control.
Dear counselors online,
I started feeling anxious and suffering from anxiety after the bereavement of my father. I have read your bereavement, loss and grief page and found it very useful, thank you for posting the free bereavement advice on your website.
I think this could be the main cause of my anxiety as i have some things from my past which i would have liked to talk to my dear Dad about, but now it’s too late.
I am housebound now because i am so anxious, i cannot leave the house without having a severe panic attack. For this reason I feel online counselling could be my only chance of help.
Please help me – Jen.
Thank you for your message, it is so brave of you sharing all that, well done.
Jen I think from what you have already shared that you are stuck with your grief. You said there are things you wanted to talk to your Dad about, well the good news is, it’s not too late, there is a technique I use to help clients with closure, it works very well for people who have lost a loved one and have some unfinished business.
Anxiety can be triggered by bereavement, and panic attacks are closely linked to anxiety. I feel that working on your grief is key and that in turn will help with the anxiety issues and the associated panic attacks.
I would like you to consider online counselling to address your grief, anxiety and the panic attacks, which could be linked.
You will find more helpful information on the pages of my site Jen, feel free to have a read of it and then come back to me if you would like to work with me.
Take care Jen.
Best wishes Paul, online counsellor (therapist) and online life coach.