Over the next few months I will be returning to the subjects of anxiety and panic. These are feelings that we all experience from time to time. Anxiety is a normal response to some situations we find ourselves in such as taking an exam, a job interview, public speaking, having an operation.
However, persistent feelings of anxiety about everything and nothing specific, are uncomfortable and can stop you from doing what you want to do or leading a fulfilling life.
The first step in learning that anxiety may be a problem for you is checking whether you have certain feelings regularly.
some examples – Worried, frightened, feeling something awful is going to happen, unsettled, panicky, detached. Imagining the worst and dwelling on it, lack of concentration.
common thoughts – “I’m going to have a heart attack”, ” I’m cracking up”, ” I’ve got to get out”
body changes – Butterflies in tummy, shortness of breath, heart pounding, sweating, dizzy, feeling tense.
behaviour – Can’t relax, snappy, avoid lots of situations like going out/driving, eat more ( or less), smoking, drinking too much, talking very quickly, nail biting.
If you recognise feeling and behaving in this way a lot of the time then you probably have some anxiety issues.
This is what anxiety can feel like and it’s not pleasant. It needs to be managed better.
The first step is to keep a journal about how you feel. 1.When you feel anxious – on waking or at night or when you’re out shopping.
2.Stresses that you have at the moment .
3.What your current coping strategies are.
Of course, it also follows that you want to change.
It also helps, once you acknowledge the problem, to talk to someone about these feelings.