Many people would not consider anxiety to be an emotion, although there is no denying that anxiety emotions are very real. Anxiety is an emotional disorder. Most of the emotional reactions of anxiety are a response to stress. Stress very often tells you that you need to do something – it indicates to that you need to make a change. We need to experience a fairly moderate amount of stress, to drive safely, avoid dark alleyways, or work hard to reach our project deadlines.
Mild anxiety can be expected in certain situations, such as doing a presentation or having an important meeting or job interview. However, persistent anxiety can interfere with a person’s wellbeing.
Over a period of time, prolonged stress and chronic anxiety can interfere with everyday life. Its effects are generally out of proportion to the triggering object or event. Some people are unable to identify a trigger, and begin to feel anxious for what seems to be no reason.
Anxiety does not only affect our behaviour; it also causes serious consequences to your physical health.
Anxiety can cause frequent feelings of impending doom; you may also have problems concentrating.
Panic attacks caused by anxiety can lead to a number of physical symptoms, including heart palpitations, chest pain and lightheadedness. You may feel warmer than normal.
Chronic anxiety can increase your risk of depression. Symptoms include being socially withdrawn. Loss of interest in activities you once loved, and feelings of guilt and hopelessness.
Headaches from constant worry and stress are very common. Pulling you down emotionally, and making it difficult for you to focus on other tasks.
Constant worry can increase your overall feelings of irritability.
You may also have breathing problems. Anxiety can cause rapid, shallow breathing. These symptoms are more intense when you’re having a panic attack.
Another symptom of anxiety is stomach pain, this may be accompanied by nausea and diarrhoea.
You could also find you are encompassed by extreme fatigue; you feel totally exhausted throughout the day and have a total inability to sleep throughout the night.
Anxiety also causes a loss of libido, which may have a negative impact on your relationships.
You may also find you suffer from palpitations due to your heart pounding rapidly, although this can happen with panic attacks, this can happen with anxiety more generally. You may feel your heartbeat quicken in pace and intensity.
Anxiety is a bully, left untreated it can literally affect our whole lives, having an impact on us not just mentally, but also emotionally and physically.
If you are living with an anxiety disorder, you probably know that feeling in control of yourself is an extremely valuable, validating feeling. This workshop will be able to give you the tool kit you need in order to take back your life, so you control your anxiety as opposed to it controlling you.
This workshop can provide you with many tools, including DBT skills in order to help you rebalance your mind, your body and your life.
DBT was designed by a Psychologist called Marsha Linehan to treat emotionally unstable personality disorder. It provides a pathway to coping with out of control emotions.
DBT is currently used by the NHS to treat not only emotionally unstable personality disorder but also other emotional conditions such as Bi-Polar.
This workshop will:
- Teach you skills such as mindfulness and distress tolerance techniques that aid in being able to accept the present moment willingly, rather than fighting against reality. These exercises encourage us to accept what is happening in the present moment.
- Help you to understand the very simple way in which the mind works, and how our thoughts can create a physical reaction in our bodies.
- You will also be surprised to discover, the ways in which we are never responding to our reality, but to our perception of reality, and learn how this can have a large impact on our anxiety in general.
- Help you to give up the tug of war, put down the rope, and stop struggling with your anxiety. Remember, what we resist, persists.
- Help you to gain a greater self-understanding, and self-awareness.
- Help you to walk towards, (as opposed to away from) the situations, and events within your life, that have created chronic anxiety.
- Help you improve your confidence in yourself.
- Help you to begin to take your life back, and feel the freedom, as you begin to discover how to control your anxiety, as opposed to it controlling you.
What you will need.
- A note book and pen to jot down any notes that you may find helpful.
- A commitment to creating positive change in your life.
Each week you will also be given challenges in order to help you move forward.