Anxiety and panic attacks are unpleasant states of inner turmoil, almost like our mind is on the fast spin cycle and we may feel like we are losing control. Check out this page for Anxiety First Aid Recovery.
It is important to note that anyone can get nervous at times. From taking tests and exams, to public speaking, interviews, or for musicians experiencing performance anxiety which can be crippling.
Social anxiety can be extremely hard to manage – we may struggle to find the right words to talk to others. Perhaps – for no reason that we can think of – we start to get anxious. That feeling of our palms getting hot, our heart racing and the adrenalin kicks in – and we can’t stop it. We need to manage it but don’t know how.
We are actually hard wired to be anxious – we would have died out as a species otherwise!
It’s important also to realise that it isn’t just our emotional / mental process that will drive our responses but also to know about the gut / brain connection. If – over many years – your nutrition has been below par or you’ve had to take different kinds of medication, your microbiome will be altered and *can* lead to emotional and mental issues including depression, anxiety and more. Take a look here where “psychobiotics” are discussed as a complementary treatment of anxiety (it’s not my own work, I have adapted it and quoted the original source as reference).
Some anxiety keeps us from becoming complacent; if we were completely relaxed our performance would be below par, but there can be times when it stops us from functioning, leading us to want to withdraw to feel safe.
When this is a regular occurrence and the feeling overtakes us, our anxiety needs to be managed more appropriately which is where therapy can help.
My approach is to understand and get to know you and your triggers so the anxieties are lessened so your true potential can come through.