We all experience times of of increased stress, which can be the result of life events, our physical health, environmental factors (including the substances we put into our body) or which can appear to come out of nowhere. If our stress levels start to build up, then our ability to cope can become diminished and our anxiety can quickly spiral out of control and have a debilitating impact on our lives.
The symptoms of anxiety are the body’s response to a perceived threat which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response, in order to ensure our survival. However modern day stressors are, more often than not, very different to those of our cave men ancestors and the flight or fight response may not be appropriate. In these circumstances there is a build up of stress hormones which can in the short term lead to a panic attack and in the long term, anxiety and other stress related conditions.
The good news is that there are many techniques which can help you relax both your mind and body and reduce, or completely alleviate the symptoms of anxiety.