What Is Anxiety Like
People often describe anxiety as a condition that takes over your head space, getting you caught up in overthinking and overanalyzing every aspect of your life, from the important things to the insignificant details.
It can feel like you’re carrying a very heavy burden on your shoulders, but you may feel ashamed to talk about how much you’re genuinely struggling because you fear that others will judge you and think you’re being over-dramatic.
Anxiety is debilitating. Your mind is constantly on fire and your thoughts move in a million different directions at once. This can keep you awake at night, and make it hard sometimes to even take a breath. Although your body feels exhausted, your mind feels wide awake and running.
Anxiety can also trigger emotional eating and binge drinking as a way of numbing your emotions. It can feel safer to struggle with your anxiety, than to face feelings that you fear may be too overwhelming.
If you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, it is important that you seek treatment. Your symptoms, even when they are severe, can improve with psychological interventions and talking therapy with our counselling and psychotherapy team, anti-anxiety medications from our psychiatrist, or a mixture of both. Anxiety treatment may include:
- Exploring the root cause of your anxiety
- Learning skills to relieve your physical symptoms
- Understanding what triggers your anxiety
- Learning skills to challenge your thinking
- Management plans for social events
Anxiety is a manifestation of biological vulnerability and enduring inner conflicts. It is a defense mechanism and a coping mechanism to deal with the vulnerability and the conflicts.
During the first stage of therapy you will learn new coping skills to relieve the physical symptoms of anxiety.
During the second stage of therapy we look to identify the inner struggles underlying your anxiety, and modify your usual response to those struggles.
We can also help you balance your nutrition. This can support your physiology, and thereby reduce the physiological aspects of anxiety, such as tension and panic.
Anxiety Self Help Now
You may not be ready to talk to us yet, so here are some self-help strategies that can help you reduce your anxiety symptoms:
- Opening up to someone you trust can be a relief and help you better understand your worries and anxiety.
- Look after your physical health by getting enough sleep and following a balanced diet that can stabilise your mood and energy levels.
- Regular exercise will help you battle stress and release tension, as your brain releases endorphins which will improve your mood.
- Breathing exercises, mindfulness and relaxation techniques will help calm your mind.
- Keep a diary of the situations that make you feel anxious and note how you’ve reacted in each situation. This will help you identify potential triggers for your anxiety.
- Avoid things that can exacerbate your anxiety, such as smoking, caffeine and alcohol.