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.
Anxiety is the body’s response to a perceived threat which triggers the ‘fight or flight’ response. As the brain doesn’t differentiate between a real threat and a perceived threat, we are bombarded with stressors on a daily basis. Modern day stress is very different to that experienced by our cave men ancestors however and the fight or flight response is usually not appropriate.
When we experience heightened levels of stress for a prolonged period of time there is a build up of hormones such as cortisol which in the short term can lead to panic attacks and in the long term, can lead to anxiety and other unpleasant symptoms. It can creep up on us without us realising and the effects can be debilitating. Stress can also come in the form of things that are missing from our life, which can often go unnoticed.
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.