As a Holistic energy practitioner I have had an awareness of the many clients and friends I have seen with ‘anxiety’ in many forms and recently I have been working on a ‘free’ anxiety program’ to allow those with ‘anxiety to take back control of their lives. I will be offering a series of short ‘blog’ posts on the differing identified areas or types of anxieties prior to the release of this program called The 7 Steps to Freedom so that if you or someone you love suffers from this often debilitating condition then you know that help is at hand
Is it Anxiety? My family have always been excessive worriers; maybe that’s what’s wrong with me?
Anxiety can be either a short term or a long term state of being. It may present as a concern or a worry about a specific circumstance in your life for example, a job interview, a test or an exam, or simply doing something with which you are not familiar.
In the long term anxiety can have a much more profound effect on your body and the symptoms or the frequency of the symptoms that you experience may be much more profound, and in these instances it can literally take over a person’s life due to its frequency or the debilitating effects that it produces.
I am going to talk about the different types of anxieties in this series of short blog posts and share with you some of the symptoms that are associated with the differing forms of anxieties and related ‘phobias’.
Anxiety can be classified as a disorder when the symptoms of anxiety become longstanding or ‘chronic’ and have an effect on our daily lives and our ability to function in our everyday life
The term Performance Anxiety covers a whole range of disparate subjects and is indeed a ‘broad term’ with many connotations. For some, people performance anxiety may refer to one’s ability to perform well under pressure, for example:
- Playing a sport
- Competing in a sport
- Making a presentation
- Speaking or performing in public
- Being in a friendship or a relationship
Many people struggle with performance anxiety issues such as thoughts of:
- Judgment by others
- Not being good enough
- An expectation of not being good enough
.Performance anxiety can be a serious problem. It can create issues on its own or overlap with other types of anxiety, including social anxiety, and in some cases it can be a symptom of other anxiety disorders that bleed in to your confidence in social situations.
No matter the effects of anxiety, there is no denying that anxiety itself can create more anxiety. The more you are worried about your performance, the more your performance suffers, and the more you worry about performance in the future.
. Many Performance Anxiety sufferers will often report the following symptoms:
- Mood swings
- Muscle tension especially in the head and shoulders and back
- Butterflies or feelings of stress and tension in the abdomen/ gut area
- Physical weaknesses as in feeling as if you have not got the energy to do something or that your legs do not want to hold you up for example
- Feeling forgetful or of ‘verbally freezing’
- Poor memory or poor short term memory
- Sweaty hands or breaking out into a sweat
- Fear or confusion, these can be either one or both and may fluctuate
- Inability to relax this can relate to being constantly tense or on edge
- Constant worrying even when you know that there is not anything to worry about
- Shortness of breath or feeling as if you cannot take a deep breath
- Palpitations or feelings of your heart fluttering which may be accompanied by shortness of breath
- Upset stomach as in feeling heavy or nauseous in the stomach, and may lead to reflux or vomiting
- Poor concentration or an inability to quieten the mind
These symptoms may range from mild to severe and be upsetting enough to make the individual feel uncomfortable, out of control and helpless.
*If in doubt that your symptoms are more than ‘anxiety’ please seek the appropriate medical advice.
Anxieties and anxiety disorders fall into a series of separate categories or diagnoses depending on the individual symptoms and the severity of the levels of anxiety the person is experiencing. The broad overview of the types of anxiety disorders I will be discussing in this series on anxieties includes.
3 OCD- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
4 Social Anxieties
5 Anxieties and phobias
6 Fear of flying’
7 Fears of things that walk crawl run or fly e.g. Birds, Moths, Spiders, and Cats.
8 Separation anxiety
9 Performance anxiety
10 Fear of Failure exams
11 Fear of Failure Business
12 Fear of death or dying
13 GAD general anxiety disorder
14 Post Natal Depression
15 Panic attacks
16 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In support of the ‘Free’ 7 Steps to Freedom program I have started a FB Community called Anxiety Need Not Be A Life Sentence at the link below. If this resonates with you I would invite you to please join us and be a part of this supportive community or to share the information with those to whom it may be of assistance
Peace Love and Light