Anxiety is most usefully understood as a distorted response from your autonomic nervous system. In other words, it is your body going into a threat response state in the absence of an apparent threat or in a distorted proportion to the current level of threat.
When we fight the response, the feeling of threat is magnified and the anxiety response increases exponentially. The more we try to control it, the worse it gets.
Often, these are the symptoms of anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Trembling or muscle twitching
- Weakness or lethargy
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
Therapy can help to re-regulate your nervous system so that your threat response can become more flexible and in line with current cues of safety and unsafety.
If you suffer from anxiety, I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.