ANXIETY IS A PHYSICAL SYMPTOM, NOT A MENTAL ONE.
12-Apr-2021 - 1 min read
Imagine you’re taking a leisurely stroll through the field, Suddenly, you hear a tiger in the surrounding bushes. Your whole body begins to respond in a nanosecond. Your heart beats harder, your breathing grows shallower, your pupils dilate, and your body begins to emit adrenaline…. have you found yourself in the mood before? as for me YES I have been there!
Trust yourself! You have survived a lot, and you will survive whatever is coming.
All that is happening in your body at that point is in fine working order; you're poised to face the tiger. There's only one little snag. It wasn't a tiger either…. SMILE
It was a prehistoric weasel of a small size. Your body is now preparing for fight-or-flight mode, your pulse is pounding, and you're full-on adrenaline... still there's no risk.
This is how the body responds to fear, that’s your body in anxiety!
Substitute social media, traffic, politics, Covid-19, money, childcare, climate change, job tension, the threat of being sack from a job, and family drama for the tiger in the bushes.
“Anxiety is an impulse in our body that says, ‘I’m not safe right now,’” says Elizabeth Stanley, Ph.D., the author of Widen the Window:
Training Your Body and Brain to Thrive During Stress and Recover from Trauma. “It’s automatic, really fast and unconscious.”
Obviously, attempting to breathe slowly or be conscious when you're feeling extreme anxiety is almost difficult. What you ought to do in those conditions is get the adrenaline and cortisol out of your system.
Is talk therapy or trying to think objectively about your anxiety helpful? Without hesitation YES. But only after the body has been stabilized, according to Stanley: “After we have helped our survival brain feel secure and healthy, we will focus on our thoughts.” Otherwise, our tension and feelings appear to skew our neural response.”.
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