Anxiety – The truth!

The truth

Anxiety can mimic the same symptoms as some medical conditions, like diabetes, hypertension, as well as hypotension so, I do recommend that you see your doctor as a precaution.

The truth

Anxiety comes from the Amygdala the seat of the flight, flight and freeze response in your brain to something which it perceives to be of danger to you and I know this might sound strange but if nothing is working to help you end your anxiety and medical conditions have been ruled out, then you are not embracing it, you are clearly fighting against it.

The truth

There is no magic, pills or potions to help you, the only person who can help is you and your belief in your ability to live an anxiety-free life and as you suggest in your question that nothing is working, then you are not ready to be helped but when you are then the process will happen, it has to because that is the way the psyche works.

The truth

Napoleon Hill – talked about many different aspects of adopting a positive mental attitude and one of the things he taught was the idea of the only thing man has complete control over was his ability to choose. Now I know you are thinking well there are certain things we have no control over and you are right, but a normal healthy individual does have the ability to decide how to think about their behaviour in relation to something like anxiety.

The truth

The behaviours you adopt is the key to ending your battles with anxiety. Hebbs Law explains the premise of cells and the brain which fire together wire together and that is what is happening to you, as it does to all individuals, whether than be positive or negative behaviours. When you are having anxious thoughts or what I refer to as destructive brain messages, neurons are forming patterns and when you experience a destructive brain message and you act on it by catastrophising about something over time those behaviours become you preferred way of dealing with what is going on inside your head.

The truth

There are many ways of working to end your destructive brain messages but the simplest I think, if you can is the practise not doing something that you have always done.

X and Y. When you feel X you always do Y = X could be a destructive brain message and your answer to it is to Y think the worst.

So how do you end it = you find a way to not do Y.

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If breathing is not helping (by the way it has to) if you are doing it correctly because that is the way the body works. When you are breathing you are engaging 2 extremely important parts of you and that is your sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system (SNS and PNS). The parasympathetic is the breath out and if you don’t control it your body will be in constant turmoil, fighting to keep you safe. Your cortisol levels along with the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) will be out of balance and you will experience more of the symptoms associated with anxiety. The answer is by concentrating on your out-breath, your PNS will eventually go back to normal levels and find what is known as homeostasis, balance.

The truth

Your body naturally produces the hormone dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in the adrenal gland. In turn, low DHEA can cause fatigue and or anxiety/depression.

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Just a final word of caution if you constantly allow cortisol levels to be unbalanced in your system it could eventually lead to other conditions which will have a detrimental impact on your long term mental health, but also your physical health. For example, Cushing syndrome which consists of the physical and mental changes that result from having too much cortisol in the blood for a long period of time.

The truth

You owe it to yourself to find your answer to ending your struggles with anxiety. But, one very simple answer is to change your thought processes and quieten the monster – your brain.

The truth

I produce a newsletter on this exact subject and it contains a lot of other information that would help you. You can find it by completing the pop-up form on this site.

Find a simple breathing technique by clicking the blue button Watch on Vimeo below and find something which will help you to end your anxiety.


Sandra

Sandra

I am a clinical psychotherapist and I have been helping people for a number of years with their mental health issues. I mostly now specialise in working with people who are suffering from anxiety, stress and mild depression. Although, I have over the years helped people deal with their fears and phobias using a number of psychological tools and techniques I am qualified to deliver. Due to the unprecedented times as a nation, we are facing I have decided that I will be continuing to work with any prospective and established clients both here and worldwide, remotely, at maintaining their positive mental health and wellbeing, whilst at the same time volunteering for Anxiety UK and working with those staff who are working on the frontline of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the NHS.

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