01 Feb 2019

BY: Janine Mitchell

Change consultant

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We can all experience a little anxiety or tension now, and that’s okay. For example if we have to stand up and deliver a talk, or if we take a test or an exam.

But what if you are suffering with crippling anxiety that is taking over your life and you are unsure of the signs or symptoms?

Anxiety can come in many different forms – panic attacks, social anxiety, fears or worries.

I will run through some common signs.

Sleep problems

If you commonly find yourself awake in the middle of the night finding yourself consistently worried or agitated, this may be linked to anxiety. Or perhaps you find your mind continually racing, whereby you can’t calm yourself down. These can be common symptoms. Poor sleep can lead to health complaints, can impact on poor decision making ability, and interfere with your ability to stave off infections. Poor sleep is often a real issue for those suffering with anxiety.

Muscle tension

Regular tensing of certain muscles including clenching your jaw and flexing your muscles across your body can often be linked to anxiety. More regular exercise will help, as will stretching the core areas. Exercises in general is great for reducing any kind of mental health complaints.

Panic

Panic attacks can be debilitating and scary. They will usually involve an overwhelming feeling of helplessness accompanied by difficulties breathing. This will also include chest or stomach pain, racing heart and a gripping fear. A panic attack can last for several minutes at a time.

Not everyone who has panic attacks suffer with an anxiety disorder, however if you experience with panic attacks on a regular basis, than the two could be linked.

Stress can then often be a causal factor. If you are worried about panic attacks, please speak to your GP. My advise would also be this. If you feel a panic attack coming on, or you could be in a situation where one my arise, I would suggest actually to go with it. Allow it, accept it and breath into it. You will find the symptoms will be much lessened and reduced. You often find with panic attacks, if you try to resist them, this will often cause more of an issue.

Lack of social confidence

Anxiety can be caused in regular every day occurrences and interactions. This can bring on feelings of panic, nausea and a feeling of overwhelm. This can lead to difficulties in social situations or daily interactions. This can be often linked to anxiety, and can be debilitating in many ways. In the most serious scenario, the sufferer may even struggle to leave their home for fear of being faced by others they don’t know in a social situation or a a place in similar context.

Excessive worry

Worrying about every day occurrences, whether they are big or small, can be the hallmark of an anxiety disorder. A certain amount of worry now and again can actually be perfectly normal. This is often common human make up. If, however you are persistently anxiously worrying, and it interferes with daily life and is accompanied by symptoms such as fatigue, this is likely to be linked to anxiety disorder. In addition, it is likely to be an issue if emotional reactions are causing suffering and dysfunction.

Compulsive behaviours

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be described as compelling ‘ritual’ tasks over and over, whereby you’re anxiety is heightened, until the task gets completed. This can include obsessive hand washing, or the need to check switches and locks lots of times. Often, intrusive thoughts can be accompanied by compulsive behaviours. This can include the sufferer telling themselves to do something over and over, until the level of anxiety is reduced. If you are concerned about this type of behaviour affecting you, or someone you know, please contact your GP.

Flashbacks

This is the experience of reliving a a traumatic event that may have happened in the past. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can play a huge part in this type of behaviour. Any trauma that has been experienced can be so stressful and create anxious feelings or emotions, it can keep returning in the form of flashbacks. They may occur with other types of anxiety as well, and all may not be attributed to PTSD.

Indigestion problems

Anxiety may start in the mind, but it often manifests itself in the body through physical symptoms, like chronic digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can be described as anxiety of the digestive tract. IBS is something that a sufferer can deal with for many years and can often be triggered by stress. The onset of problems can then lead to further anxiety. If you do suffer with any problems, please consult your GP for support.

If you are currently suffering with any form of anxiety, or resonate with any of the problems above, you don’t need to suffer alone. There is much support and all the above symptoms can be alleviated or removed actually much quicker than you might think.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need more information or to find out how I can help you, or someone else you know. How much is anxiety costing you, and how debilitating is it to you and for those around you? You don’t need to suffer.

Janine is the Founder of Change for Success.
She specialises in working with people to transform their lives. She does this by helping them overcome stress, anxiety and depression.
She works with private clients either online or at her prestigious consulting rooms in the heart of Manchester city centre 
Janine also runs stress management workshops and helps companies and organisations improve their performance by reducing stress in the workplace.
Check out her website for more information and to see what others have said –
www.changeforsuccess.co.uk/testimonials
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