Are you anxious?
If you answered yes to this, have experienced Anxiety in the past, or are currently experiencing Anxiety, you understand how debilitating and exhausting it can be. It can dominate and consume your daily life, affecting your mental clarity and the way you think about yourself and your abilities, making it hard to deal with the occurrence of stressful events or even seemingly manageable stress-free events that become stressful due to Anxiety.
Some of these events may include; work in general or changes in work, living or family arrangements, relationship problems, traumatic events, abuse, loss or death of a loved one. Anxiety can also result from physical health issues including; hormonal problems, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, cancer, substance use or side-effects of medications, attitude/personality. For some people anxiety can get to such a high level that they can’t face the outside world as this is seen as a stressful event in itself.
Anxiety can also greatly affect your sleep and the body’s energy levels. Your body only has so much available energy to distribute and, when that available energy is constantly taken up by dealing with anxiety, there isn’t much left over to function and operate on a “normal” level.
This affects your body’s Circulatory, Respiratory, Digestive, Excretory, Nervous, Endocrine, Immune, Integumentary, Skeletal, Musculature and Reproductive systems, and also your overall health and wellbeing at a cellular level.
The first thing to understand and recognize in combating Anxiety is that it is a completely normal, physiological reaction to being in a fight or flight situation. It is not emotional, as some of us may think. It is the emotions that are a result of past experiences associated with anxiety that makes us think it’s emotional.
Imagine that you are a caveman or cavewoman and a Sabre Tooth Tiger is looking for food (which may be you) around your dwelling. Your body’s basic survival needs then kick in. We don’t need to be able to perform complex thought processes, eat, or reproduce in this situation, so your body will send your blood rushing away from your brain, stomach and other unneeded systems and send blood to your extremities to enable you to “fight or flight”, (to either fight the tiger or run from it). This is the physical feeling of butterflies or the uneasy feeling you get in your stomach. When this occurs we are operating purely from the cerebellum system of the brain which regulates and coordinates motor movements such as posture, balance, coordination, and speech.
The problem is, we have this same reaction to non-life threatening situations that we may misperceive as threatening. Your misperception of threat is a result of events and experiences that have taken place in your life at some stage. When faced with similar situations, the brain responds from a memory based neurology. The change in the brain to any fight or flight reaction can easily become a habit of response and lead to the continuation of patterns of behaviour we may not like or want. Ever wondered why some people can talk quite comfortably in front of an audience but other people can’t? It is the misperception of threat which causes your body to revert to survival mode, leaving you with only one neurological option on how to deal with the situation.
Yes, it is fine to experience anxiety in life from time to time. It’s completely natural and like mentioned previously, your body is doing exactly what it’s meant to do. We all experience anxious moments at some stage, It’s the body’s defense against threatening situations. Without it we’d be unable to determine what is safe and what isn’t for us. It is normal that short-term stress or pressure may cause you to feel anxious. However, once the situation has passed you should be able to return to a normal state.
Anxiety symptoms vary from person to person. When a person is anxious, they will generally feel that they can’t get control over their anxious feelings. The symptoms of Anxiety may not be obvious as they tend to develop gradually.
Symptoms may include:
Hot and cold flushes
Obsessive thinking and compulsive behavior.
Feeling worried and finding it hard to stop worrying
Trouble coping with everyday activities due to worry.
Feeling restless or on edge
Tiring easily, weakness and lethargy
Long-term muscle pain
Feelings of danger or dread
Tightening of the chest
Loss of focus
Gas, Constipation, or Diarrhoea
How Kinesiology Can Help Relieve Anxiety?
Kinesiology is able to reduce Anxiety on many different levels. In the case of Anxiety, often we know that we are feeling anxious but we find it difficult to understand why.
Kinesiology helps identify the causes of Anxiety by accessing the many subconscious connections that lead to an anxious state. By working with the subconscious mind to unlock and integrate past experiences and events, through various techniques we can help the body to let go of stress and the need to feel anxious and assist in managing your anxiety levels on a daily basis allowing you to live life to your fullest potential.
The next time you feel anxious, recognize that this is just a physiological reaction and your body is getting ready to "fight or flight". Just remind yourself that you are not in a life threatening situation. Put your hands on the front and back of your head and take a few deep breaths. This will send your blood back to your brain allowing you to move out of fight or flight for a short time.
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