Mental Health
Anxiety

Anxiety

Anxiety is a much needed response to danger. What most people who experience it often will tell you, it comes at the most inconvenient times.

In the most simple explanation – anxiety is the flight or fight response to danger. The adrenaline pumping feeling you get is so you can get the fuck outta there, or do some some crazy arse ninja shit and fight your way out.

Either way, the adrenaline pump is not ideal when you basically just need to walk into work.

Here’s that amygdala

It can be triggered off by a feeling of dread or overwhelm and even sounds, smells and people.

You can feel dizzy, out of breath, nauseous and even sweaty.

The science side of it is, your amygdala sends a ‘oh shit’ message and ticks off the sympathetic nervous system. The sympathetic nervous system then takes over and basically sends out as much adrenaline as possible through glands in the body. It increases your heart rate and slows down digestion.

It’s no wonder you feel so shit.

Remember, adrenaline has been sent off into your body, turning it off is not as easy as turning it on – surprise surprise.

And never ever say ‘just calm down’

It won’t help.

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Take Action on Anxiety

Generally your fight or flight response is not something you need to fix, it’s necessary in the response to dangerous situations. However if it feels like it is responding to situations that are not dangerous, there are some things you can try.

Breathe. Breathing is an automatic function, But breathing on purpose can slow down your heart rate, and decrease the amount of adrenaline being sent out.

Act. You will have heard a lot about meditation and mindful movements for this one. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do, using some kind of movement/action to help your body overcome that startle response will help your body return to equilibrium a lot quicker.

Practice. Now everyone knows that practice is the key to learning something new. Well this is no different. In order to be good at bringing your body back to normal levels, or even changing the way your body is reacting to these non threatening situations, you need to practice. Practice when you don’t feel anxious, so that when do start to feel the anxiety, you can take action quickly and effectively. Muscle memory.