Where does Anxiety come from?
For some people the cause of their anxiety is something known e.g. the stress of moving house, having surgery or going through a particular difficult time. For others it appears to come out of the blue and happen randomly. I'll explain later why that happens.
It's all to do with your fight or flight response which is a series of bodily functions designed to keep you safe. Once upon a time this system was perfect for dealing with tigers and other predators but these days we use the same system for what we 'perceive' as danger.
Whilst this system is perfect for dealing with tigers it's not so great for dealing with deadlines, money worries and difficult conversations (just some of the 'dangers' of modern day life.)
Think about it.....your body is preparing you to fight a tiger but your sat on a train, in the office or stood talking to someone.......your body is filling you with adrenaline, your heart is pumping faster but you can't run or fight.
Anxiety is a perfectly good system being used in the wrong way at the wrong time.
Symptoms of Anxiety
Symptoms can include (taken from Anxiety UK):
Some of the most common psychological symptoms (the thoughts or altered perceptions we have) of anxiety are:
How come I can feel Anxious but don't know the cause?
For some people the cause of their Anxiety is unknown or it can come on suddenly for no apparent reason. Here's why:
Think about yourself like a cup. You put some water in and its fine, you put in more and it's ok, you put in more and it starts to get hard to carry, you put in some more and it overflows.
This analogy is just like a human, sometimes the last thing is just the element which tips the water over the edge. You could be doing something quite small and insignificant but your mind/body has had enough and anxiety flows out as the cup can't take any more water.
Your brain is much more cleverer than you think. Sometimes it will choose a time to overflow because you are around people who love you, or because its a particular place which plays on your biggest fear or when you can't escape so you can't get distracted. It knows what you need and whether you like it or not it will make you deal with that overflowing cup so you can get back to living life.
And anxiety takes a lot of energy too, so afterwards you often feel exhausted.
Can you overcome Anxiety?
Absolutely yes!!! There are lots of tools and techniques which can help you overcome anxiety. Just knowing that your Anxiety is normal and you are functioning normally will start to make it feel much better.
I hope this helps, until next time
PS. If you're looking for more help with Anxiety have a watch of my free video series, it explains how your brain works in much more detail. Click the green box at the top to have a watch.
PPS. Here's what a lovely client said about the videos because I don't expect you to take my word for it.
"Thank you for the free videos, I had no idea that they would help me as much as they have done so far! I've been suffering with anxiety for a few years now. I now understand why I've been thinking about the things that have been on my mind and I'm working on how I can change it." JD