What is Anxiety ?
Anxiety is the mind and body’s reaction to stressful, dangerous, or unfamiliar situations. It’s the sense of uneasiness, distress, or dread you feel before a significant event. A certain level of anxiety helps us stay alert and aware, but for those suffering from an anxiety disorder, it feels far from normal – it can be completely debilitating. Over the years, you might have struggled with feelings of intense worry or fear over what might happen. Whether it is the first day of college/office or talking to unknown people, the fearful thoughts might have troubled you and brought multiple sleepless nights.
It’s normal to feel anxious for major life-events but when this state becomes part of your personality and interferes with your daily functioning, it needs to be healed.
Experiencing anxiety is defined as a state of prolonged fear or arousal in response to a threat that is either ambiguous or unspecific. It is a reaction to the situation or context in which threats may take varied forms and predictions which further impacts your well-being. In such scenarios, anxiety needs to be conquered before it ruins your health and happiness
What are Anxiety disorders?
Anxiety disorders are characterized by a general feature of excessive fear (i.e. emotional response to perceived or real threat) and/or anxiety (i.e. worrying about a future threat) and can have negative behavioral and emotional consequences.
The purpose of online counselling and therapy for anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders is not only to help you overcome your state of prolonged fear but also become capable of expressing yourself in front of others. We understand that it is sometimes natural to feel anxious in certain situations, but let us tell you how to redirect your feelings of worry into calmness that serves as a pathway to achieve success and happiness in your life.
Types of Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that includes different conditions:
- Panic disorder : You feel terror that strikes at random. During a panic attack, you may also sweat, have chest pain, and Feel palpitations(unusually strong or irregular heartbeats). Sometimes you may feel like you’re choking or having a heart attack.
- Social anxiety disorder : Also called social phobia, this is when you feel overwhelming worry and self-consciousness about everyday social situations. You fixate about others judging you or on being embarrassed or ridiculed.
- Specific phobias: You feel intense fear of a specific object or situation, such as heights or flying. The fear goes beyond what’s appropriate and may cause you to avoid ordinary situations.
- Generalized anxiety disorder : You feel excessive, unrealistic worry and tension with little or no reason.
Feelings of intense worry
Tightening of the chest
Butterflies in the stomach
Hot and cold flushes
Feelings of discomfort
Lack of concentration
Lack of freshness
Feelings of lost
Loss of appetite
Lack of quality sleep
Fear and apprehension
Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
Excessive fear or worry
Intrusive thoughts about self and others
Lack of focus/ concentration
Difficulty in keeping things in mind
Feelings of hopelessness
Lack of emotional stability
Trouble facing people
Feelings of being alone/ isolated
Loss of voice
Difficulty in doing or following a conversation
Find difficult to express to people
Avoiding social situations
Feelings of messed up
Difficulty in handling things/work
Find difficult to adjust to new/ unfamiliar situations
Limiting your activities
Causes Of Anxiety
People tend to stress about anything and everything in life. They don’t seem to have specific cause for their worry it can be anything, which gradually starts affecting their physical and emotional health tremendously.
- Traumatic experience or exposure
Tragic experience or exposure often imprints us with unpleasant and fearful memories which does not allow us to think rationally or practically. For example witnessing an accident, exposure to unpleasant sight, abuse.
- Future uncertainty or negative anticipation
Excessive and stressing in a negative way about future like finance, security, stability, loneliness etc. may lead to anxiety.
- Childhood trauma
Childhood trauma has a significant impact in the overall shaping of cognitive and emotional makeup of a person, which later on become a major cause of mental health concerns and worries in adulthood.
- Disturbed Sleeping and Eating Habits
Unhealthy sleeping and eating routine may make you prone towards the anxiety over a period of time.
- Medical or medicine induced Anxiety
Chronic illness or serious health condition may lead to excessive worry in terms of finances, health risk, long term medical dependency, side-effects of medicines.
- Work stress
Work life has become one of the major stress creating aspect of everyone’s life, it not only affects the working person but their family due to unavailability, lack of quality time. Prolonged work hours, demanding job, pressure and exhaustion can take an adverse toll on their life.
- Bullying and Harassment
Bullying is prevalent in various organization be it school, college or workplace in different forms. Taking undue advantage, taking employees for granted, constant demotivation and negativity, inter and intra politics becomes a reason for bullying and abuse in various forms. This may result in anxious and restless tendencies in employees.
How can Manastha online counselling and therapy can help and benefit you to deal and heal your anxiety attacks and anxiety disorders ?
You have the power to make choices, but having anxiety is not one of them. Anxiety just happens. It’s not a choice. Nobody chooses to be anxious or afraid. But you certainly can choose a new approach to your anxiety to get a different outcome in your life.
- Learn to act differently on your anxiety and your life by putting you in control of what you can control. Put simply, you can control and change how you respond to your anxiety-related feelings, thoughts, and worries:
- Stop trying to cope with worries, anxieties, and fears (if coping and other management strategies have not worked in a lasting way).
- This is an opportunity for you to become capable of facing the situations by redirecting your emotions in the right direction.
- We understand your situation and provide unconditional support and guidance to help you in your journey.
- Wide range of activities have been designed to help you understand the cause of the situation and acquire skills to conquer it.
- Learn to leave worries, anxieties, and fears alone and simply experience them as thoughts, sensations, feelings, or painful memories. You don’t have to act on your anxiety, and it doesn’t need to drive what you do. As much as you feel like running from intense anxiety, you can learn to act differently.
- Learn to watch anxious feelings and worrisome thoughts and not do what they tell you to do.
- Learn to nurture a kinder and friendlier relationship with yourself and your emotional life instead of reacting to anxiety as an enemy or unwelcome guest.
- Learn to move with your anxious discomfort and do something that’s potentially vital in your life.
- In this journey, we help you become capable of becoming the best version of yourself.
Possible Treatments and Therapy to Heal Your Anxiety :
- Learning Progressive relaxation
- Guided imagery
- Self-hypnosis and deep-breathing exercises
- Mindfulness & Meditations
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Self-awareness activities
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Try to get the most out of your online counselling & therapy. Keep your appointments. Practice the exercises your therapist gives you. Treatment helps, and without it you might get worse.Remember, you don’t have to deal with Anxiety attacks & disorders on your own. Help is out there.
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