Anxiety: the what and the why?

Anxiety: the what and the why

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, which can be mild or extreme. It is what we feel when we are worried, tense or afraid – especially about things that are about to happen, or which we think could happen in the future. Feelings of anxiety are completely normal in certain situations, such as taking an exam or having a job interview. However, some people suffer from anxiety daily and the feelings can be constant. This can cause a range of problems in your life, making every day routine tasks difficult as well as having a negative impact on your mental and physical health.

Why do we suffer from anxiety?

The purpose of anxiety can be understood by looking back at our ancestors. Anxiety is the emotion that keeps us alive and unharmed, it was crucial for our survival. It is the body’s natural response to stress and it kept cavemen alert to danger when they went out to hunt and brought the food back to their caves. If a caveman encountered a bear, their anxiety would go up, their heartrate would increase, they would go sweaty and their fight/flight response would kick in. In these circumstances this would be entirely appropriate, but our society have adapted this to our everyday lives.

What does anxiety feel like?

Anxiety can present differently in everyone, but the most common symptoms include:
• Trouble falling asleep
• Waking up during the night/too early
• Racing thoughts
• Restlessness
• Increased heart rate
• Rapid breathing

When does anxiety become a problem?

It can be difficult to know when anxiety is a serious problem, as it tends to creep up on you. Anxiety may be a problem for you if:
• Your worries impact your daily life
• You avoid certain situations because you feel anxious
• Your worries feel out of control
• You regularly experience the symptoms of anxiety, including panic attacks
• You struggle to go about your daily life

Does hypnotherapy work for anxiety?

At Hapus Hypnotherapy we can help you take control of your anxiety levels. Hypnotherapy can help you be calmer and more confident when handling these situations and help to stop anxiety affecting your daily life. If you would like to book a free consultation or have any questions, get in touch with us today on the contact details below.