What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is how we react to anything that is intense, unknown, or dangerous. It occurs when we feel uneasy, pressure, or worried about something happening or about it happen.
We all feel anxious about things from time to time. For example, significant events such as an upcoming exam, presenting a project, or moving to a new city. However, if we are feeling intense and constant worry about everyday situations, it may be anxiety.
The Negative Consequences of Anxiety
When feeling anxious we may experience temporary side effects in a single moment such as a faster heart rate, sweating, butterflies in our stomach, increased breathing or feeling nauseous. However, if we are constantly experiencing the side effects of being anxious and worrying about future events beyond our control this could lead to negative consequences such as:
- Feeling tense, restless or nervous
- Experiencing panic attacks
- Having a sense of dread, panic and approaching danger
- Feeling tired, drowsy and exhausted
- Experiencing being dizzy and having headaches
- Becoming easily irritable and impatient
- Difficulty sleeping and insomnia
- An inability to feel relaxed or remain calm
- Unable to participate in everyday situations or attend events
Managing Anxiety Through Counselling
At Creative Devotional our counselling service can provide support for people experiencing anxiety. Our counsellors can aid you in exploring the source of your anxiety and possible sources (triggers) of your anxiety. They can also help you develop coping strategies and identifying potential barriers.