A large number of the clients that I see every week are suffering from some level of anxiety. From a one off fear of giving a wedding speech or taking a driving test, to suffering panic attacks when leaving the house, to a general constant anxiety that just feels overwhelming. Each anxiety can be debilitating and can affect a persons confidence, self esteem, sleep, appetite and mood.
Anxiety is a word we use to describe feelings of unease, worry and fear. It incorporates both the emotions and the physical sensations we might experience when we are worried or nervous about something.
It is helpful to know that the physical symptoms of anxiety are part of the ‘flight or flight’ alarm system response, that is actually responsible for protecting our survival. The fight or flight response can be seen as one of the most important parts of our make-up – a highly efficient survival response for dangerous times. Back then, threats were simple and straight forward but often very dangerous like the attack of a saber tooth tiger, but now in the 21st century the threats are less about our survival but still ensure the same survival instinct.