Exhaustion and Anxiety

Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength

It is tiring, exhausting even to live in a constant state of anxiety or fear.

To forget where you are right now, to remember what it felt like yesterday and worry that it will happen again in a few minutes.

1 in 7 people in the UK are on some kind of anti-anxiety medication.  That is without those that live with their symptoms knowing they’re not ok and those who live with their symptoms thinking that’s the way it is. None of these situations have to be, just because the enemy lives in your mind, doesn’t mean you have to live with feeling like that, scared, tired, anxious, worried and on a constant edge.

Anxiety has 4 components

Physiological

The physiological component of anxiety involves physical symptoms and sensations such as:

 Increased heart rate; shortness of breath; tightness in chest
  • Dizziness; weakness or tingling in your legs; feeling like you’re going to faint
  • Muscle tension; tension in the face and head; headaches
  • Lump in the throat
  • Nausea or other discomfort in the stomach
  • Feeling hot; sweating; sweaty palms; blushing
Thought processThe though process of anxiety involves thoughts and worries that often take the form of “What if …?” questions. These “What ifs” can be related to the anxiety-provoking situation:

  • What if I fail?
  • What if I embarrass myself?
  • What if something bad happens to me or my partner/spouse/child?
  • What if I don’t fit in and nobody like me?
  • What if I have a panic attack?

The “What ifs” can also be related to the the physiological symptoms you’re experiencing:

  • What if I have a heart attack?
  • What if I pass out?
  • What if I need medical attention?
  • What if I don’t fit in and nobody like me?
BehaviouralThe behavioural component of anxiety can involve reduced performance due to the anxiety. If you’re focused on your worries or physiological symptoms, you might find yourself distracted, and so concerned with what’s going on in your mind and your body that you feel removed from the outside world. As a result, things that would be simple if it weren’t for your anxiety—such as a work-related task, or socialising—become much more difficult to perform.

Another behavioural feature of anxiety is avoidance. Avoiding what you’re anxious about usually makes the anxiety subside in the short-term. If you’re anxious about socialising, or flying, or public speaking, or leaving the house, then by avoiding those situations leads you can avoid feeling anxious for the time being. However, avoidance winds up severely restricting what you can do and negatively affecting your day-to-day life. And when you do try to—or are forced to—face one of those situations, the anxiety returns stronger than ever.
EmotionalThe emotional component of anxiety consists of emotions typically associated with anxiety such as fear, dread, panic. Anxiety can also lead to other emotions such as frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness and depression.

Make a change, get in touch.  Break the cycle, learn techniques to breathe, to cope and to manage.  Gain tools to use in various scenarios through acceptance and in the longer term learn and understand why as much as is possible. Un ravel the tangles and start to re knit your life.

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