A feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Anxiety is related to the ‘fight or flight’ response and is a normal reaction when our body perceives a threat. It is a feeling of worry, fear and unease. We will all feel anxious at some time and it’s very common to feel tense or unsure about a new or stressful situation. Sometimes these feelings are very strong or last a long time and become overwhelming.
Anxiety is both an emotional and physical sensations that we experience when worried or nervous. It can make you imagine things are worse than they are and prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks or even going to work. Whereas stress is something that will come and go, anxiety can affect a person even if the cause is unclear and you may feel this during normal and non-threatening situations.
Suffering from anxiety long-term can be very intense, symptoms can be dizziness, trouble sleeping, lack of concentration, panic attacks and fast breathing.
While you may know what causes your anxiety; like experiencing a traumatic event, it may be that you cannot identify the reason. Not knowing the cause of anxiety can sometimes cause further distress, as how can you overcome your anxiety if you don’t know the reasons for it or the trigger.
How can counselling help?
Talking to a counsellor can help in many ways, including helping you understand what may be causing your anxiety, and teaching you coping techniques. Talking to someone you trust can ease the pressure and will often give you a sense of relief.
Counselling can help you manage your problems by helping you to recognise how your thoughts affect both your feeling and behaviour. It is a way of examining your thoughts and the way you behave. This helps to break down your problems into smaller, more manageable tasks.
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