Anxiety, panic attacks and stress are a common problem at the moment. It’s usually women who can overthink problems, but men can too. A person suffering from anxiety will brood and worry to the extreme with an overwhelming feeling of dread.
The reason we do this is in an attempt to feel more in control of the situations that we are in. The problem with this is that we are very likely to make things far worse by blowing our fears out of proportion.
Of course there will be circumstances where we do feel a bit jittery and tense. Sitting in the dentist chair, talking to your boss, or being on a aeroplane are classic examples. We call this ‘real time anxiety’.
‘Anticipatory anxiety’ is something different; worrying about what might be, with a persistent, constant overwhelming, unpleasant feeling.
The psychological and physiological symptoms in both types of anxiety are the same. When the feeling of anxiety over what might happen is out of control, doctors will often diagnose this as Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD).
What Clients Say
Our clients explain that they can’t relax, and feel jumpy and on edge most of the time. Others describe the difficulty they have concentrating, and feel fuzzy-headed or always tired. It’s clear that these brooding and worrying thoughts will have a negative impact on lives. For example, despite feeling overtired they describe how difficult it is to get to sleep or to stay asleep.
Clients also describe physical symptoms that are part of their anxiety disorder. These include things such as panic attacks and palpitations, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) episodes, or having to go to the loo a lot. Headaches are also commonly reported and people suffering from anxiety will describe muscle tension, shaking, twitching, irritability, sweating and nausea.
Their symptoms can be extreme and and have been mistaken for the onset of heart attacks. Sufferers sometimes feel such strong feelings that they fear they are dying.
They explain that their emotions feel extreme and their belief in their inability to control their emotions feels frightening and debilitating.
It’s common for clients to feel very judged by others. This social anxiety stems from our poor opinion of ourselves, from poor self esteem. When we are confident in our own skin, we are confident around others.
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What Causes Anxiety?
It’s all about our thought processes!
Over time we have been led to believe that things, people, and events affect our emotions. We think that the beliefs and attitudes that we’ve held all our lives are there as a result of the influence of others. In reality it’s our unhelpful beliefs that generate our negative and stressful thoughts.
Anxiety, panic, and stress doesn’t happen to us. We create it by thinking in very unhelpful ways.
Those who are anxious will overfill their minds with unhelpful and catastrophic thoughts. It is likely that they will either be worrying about what might happen or worrying that they can’t cope it if does.
The heart of anxiety and panic disorders is in a person’s belief that they can’t cope.
The more they believe that they’re unable to cope with things the more they try to control things. They’ll put in place things like safety-seeking and avoidance behaviours such as trying to avoid facing these situations altogether. Yet behaving in this way will make them feel more anxious and powerless in the long run.
It can be very easy for people who have had a diagnosis of anxiety to feel that it will be a lifelong medical problem. It’s likely that they’ll believe that they’ll have to live with forever. Their feeling of hopelessness and powerlessness about their anxiety can be overwhelming. These panic symptoms are the direct result of the hormone adrenaline.
Your body releases adrenaline into your body when you perceive that you are in danger. Your heart rate and blood pressure will rise, resulting in the symptoms we experience.
We Can Help You With Your Unpleasant Symptoms
Our clients are those who have previously experienced many forms of help and advice. However, nothing has helped them long term.
The Thrive Programme is unique in this field, and in six to eight weeks you’ll gain simple, effective and efficient advice and knowledge.
My role is to coach you as you study our highly effective training course. You will learn how to understand yourself well and how to manage your thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and emotions.
Discover how to completely change the way you think and feel about yourself and your challenging situations. Overcome your symptoms and live a happier and positive life. The knowledge you gain will be empowering and transformational. Imagine how that will feel. Imagine how you will feel when you know you can influence the way you live your life and how you feel about yourself. As you learn these new skills, your panic attacks, anxiety and stress will be become a distant memory.
This empowering and liberating psychological training programme will enable you to feel more in control of your life. With my support and your effort and determination you can learn to thrive.
Take the first step and contact me today.