Main Banner

What is Anxiety?

October 18, 2019

Anxiety is fear.  Anxiety is panic.

When a person faces a stressful situation, alarm bells , that are built within our body, are set off.  Our body is telling us that something is not right. It is our bodies reaction to a perceived harmful event, situation, attack or threat. We have a sudden release of hormones. This is known as the flight or fight response, which is triggered by acute stress.

Signs of an Anxiety Attack:

  1. Rapid Heartbeat in your chest, a dry mouth, nausea
  2. Shortness of Breath such as panting, or rapid, shallow breathing
  3. Tightness in the stomach similar to a fist or ball squeezing
  4. Dizziness, tingling in body area’s such as arms, fingers and hands, all due to a changes in blood pressure
  5. Chills or sweating in the palms of your hands & armpits
  6. Muscle Tension in your shoulders, neck and upper back
  7. Feeling that you are losing control of your body

Many have felt as if they are having a heart attack or going to collapse or even die.

In truth panic attacks last anywhere from 5 min to 20-30 min, but they feel like they are lasting a lifetime and are very frightening.

What to do if you experience an Anxiety Attack:

2 Things that are Essential:

  1.  Breathing exercises:

Breathe in slowly, deeply and gently through your mouth.

Hold your breath and count to 4.

Breathe out slowly, through your lips.

Close your eyes.

Focus on only your breathing in and out.

2. Grounding:

Concentrate on your surroundings and bring yourself back to the present.

Refocus your attentions. 

The following can be used to help refocus: