How anxiety affects you, what anxiety disorder do I have and will anxiety go away are some of the biggest search terms on the internet. If you’re wondering how anxiety effects you (and would love to know that anxiety will go away with the right help!) then you’ve come to the right place.
How anxiety effects you
As with any mental health condition, there is always a spectrum. You may experience low level anxiety, a sense of feeling on edge, anticipation that ‘something’ is going to happen, and may have found ways to cope with the anxiety. You may even consider yourself as having high functioning anxiety because you can, to a degree, still function.
You may experience anxiety around very specific situations such as a fear of public speaking. This fear can impact people in a variety of ways from a fear of speaking up in team meetings to a fear of speaking in front of a large group of people, and is often the case that the higher up the career ladder someone goes, the more the anxiety increases as the stakes become higher.
If you have a fear of public speaking you can spend weeks in advance worrying about the presentation or pitch you have to do, which impacts your sleep, relationships at home, focus and concentration and of course your health, especially the gut function.
Some people may experience OCD as a way of ‘coping’ with a feeling only to find that the coping mechanism is now working against them, because they are trapped in a cycle of having to carry out rituals such as hand washing, cleaning, checking things consistently throughout the day.
Equally you may experience anxiety along with panic attacks and a constant feeling of dread, struggle focusing, concentrating, worrying about the future and worst case scenario thinking. Depending on how long you’ve been struggling with anxiety you may feel you can’t continue and could even experience suicidal thoughts.
You may have a job for example with the police force where you can witness scenes which create trauma and without the right help and intervention to process the trauma can develop PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Discover – which holds you in the survival response, creates flash backs, compromises judgement, decision making, emotional responses, behaviour, overall performance and long term health.
The connection with all anxiety disorders
While there are different types of anxiety disorders, the one thing they all have in common is repetitive anxious thoughts.
You may have been living with anxiety for so long that you’ve forgotten whatever made you anxious in the first place. And much of this is down to the mind being highjacked by repetitive anxiety fuelled thoughts.
Sadly people can suffer for years and years before getting help. Some people may believe that the anxiety is part of who they are, or that they are simply an ‘anxious person’. Some people don’t think they can overcome anxiety because they may have tried some methods of therapy before without success.
The fact is, no-one has to learn to live with anxiety or cope with anxiety.
How to overcome anxiety
Caroline had experienced feeling anxious for over 40 years. The anxiety was so bad she struggled to remain in jobs, needed to take a beta blocker to leave the house and felt she didn’t want to live anymore.
I contacted Sara for help with anxiety which I’d struggled with for so many years. After using a mixture of different therapy techniques and a learning of how my mind was working, I’m now enjoying areas of life again I hadn’t been able to before. Sara is warm, always understanding and just excellent at what she does, I can’t recommend her highly enough! I’ve come away from our sessions with a completely different outlook to life that will stay with me forever.– Client
No matter how long you have experienced feeling anxious, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Through a combination of creating a new understanding in your mind of what anxiety is, and as some clients describe ‘rewiring the way you think’ you can break free of anxiety. This process of working has been such a liberating experience as many of my clients report in their testimonials.
Anxiety can effect you in lots of ways, but you don’t have to suffer any more! Book a free consultation today!