What is anxiety?

This is one if the most frequent questions I get asked and to be honest I can’t really answer it! I can talk about it from my point of view and expierences, but it’s different for everyone.

The feeling you get before a big important test, butterflies in your stomach, your heart beating 100x faster, feeling the blood rushing to your head. That’s anxiety. The feeling is different for everyone, but you get the general idea! Feeling that way in situations that youre supposed to feel nervous for, such as a test or before a big performance, is completely normal, the problem is when it starts happening every day. Imagine getting that feeling every time you leave the house, and then it gets worse, stronger and stronger. Eventually is turns into full blown panic attacks, you feel like you can’t breathe and that youre going to  pass out any moment. Then it becomes an ‘anxiety disorder’. You start avoiding the situations that make you feel nervous, in order to escape the panic attacks and before you know it, you’re rarely leaving the house. It really does affect your life in a big way.

 

The good news is, there are ways you can overcome it! With a lot of time and hard work you can do it! I’m doing something called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at the moment and I’m hoping to record my progress here.

 

Big hugs to anyone going through similar, and feel free to ask questions or contact me for anything.

 

Speak to you soon,

 

A xx

 

 

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