Anxiety can be very subtle, so that, at first, we aren’t even aware it is there. It creeps up on us. Anxiety can also be very obvious, with strong (sometimes debilitating) symptoms, like an increased heart rate, breathlessness, tightness in the chest, anxious thoughts or all of the above.
Everyone experiences some anxiety – in fact, it can be healthy. Our bodies are wired to respond with a fight/flight/freeze response to perceived danger. This is a healthy and natural response. However, sometimes our body’s wiring misfires when there is no danger. This can happen for many reasons. Some examples are: when a situation feels similar to a time when we were in danger (physical, emotional, psychological), when there is past trauma, unprocessed feelings, a lack of self care over a long period of time, or feeling untethered in too many areas of your life.
Many people suffer with anxiety. If you’re experiencing anxiety, you are not alone.