What is anxiety exactly? How much should you tolerate it, and what needs to be done to manage it better? If anxiety is stealing your happiness, take action.


Heightened anxiety can be debilitating and overwhelming and can affect you on every level. It can impact on how you function, feel, think, cope and relate to other people. It can diminish your ability to achieve goals or simply to enjoy life.  If your anxiety is out of control it can significantly reduce the quality of your life in so many ways.


Identifying anxiety

Anxiety is more than just a fear. Anxiety is harder to pinpoint as the feeling can be ‘just there’. Often people say: “I don’t know why, I just feel anxious” when it has taken hold. ¬†Sometimes, when left unattended, anxiety can get out of control and steal the joy from your life.

Symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitation
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Choking
  • Nausea or abdominal pain
  • Numbness
  • Dizziness or unsteadiness
  • Feeling of detachment or being out of touch with yourself
  • Hot flushes or chills
  • Overwhelming fear of dying
  • Heightened fear of going crazy or being out of control.

Further symptoms that might occur when you experience heightened anxiety include:

  • Feeling easily tired or exhausted
  • Experiencing difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling irritable
  • Feeling restless or fidgety
  • Feeling agitation
  • Having problems sleeping properly.


Reporting a theft

When we experience strong anxiety it affects our thinking processes significantly. The way we think becomes less flexible and more rigid and it is hard for us to be creative and look at different ways to solve a problem. We often adapt tunnel vision during anxiety attacks and focus on just surviving through this episode.

Often people feel as if they are imprisoned by their anxiety. Not only have they lost all the pleasure gained from previously enjoyed activities, they also feel less confident and able to achieve goals, and might feel more insecure about their relationships.

Often, common stress triggers – such as setbacks at work or looming deadlines that are usually managed well ? feel unbearable and agonising during anxiety attacks.

The good news is that anxiety responds well to treatment and there are several methods for you to manage your anxiety better and get your life back.


Resisting attempted robbery

Your treatment plan for resisting anxiety could include therapy with a psychologist using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. A psychologist can help you to:

  • Learn relaxation strategies
  • Develop a self-care plan
  • Address old maladaptive coping strategies and replace them with new, helpful and sustainable strategies
  • Learn appropriate problem-solving skills.


If your anxiety is out of control and it impacts on the quality of your life then it is preventing you from living the life you deserve. Don’t allow anxiety to steal from you. Give yourself a chance to regain control and schedule a session today to get your life back.

Posted August 19, 2014 by Yuliya Richard.
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