Counselling for Anxiety

By glasgow-counselling-rooms • May 4th, 2015
Manage anxiety through counselling

Manage anxiety through counselling

Anxiety is an emotional reaction to our consideration that something is a threat. It would come about as we give meaning to an event that our future may be at risk. That could be an aspect of ourselves or something we care about.

  • Although anxiety is normal and adaptive it can become a problem when our body tells us there is a danger when there is no real danger. This can come about as we have memories of past danger and habitually return to that in a new situation such as crowds of people or a task at work. Our brains can also send a similar level of anxiety based on a threat of either; a Lion in front of us or a phone ringing.
  • During anxiety our heart rate could increase, our breathing rate could increase, our stomach could go in a knot or we could be sweating. This is normal preparation for fight or flight. Although these feelings are uncomfortable they are in the short term not dangerous to us. We often try to get rid of these uncomfortable feelings by staying away from what we are anxious about. Actually fighting or flighting is not always the appropriate action in the modern world. We may be anxious about talking to our boss, fighting or flighting may not always be the best option hence a considered and reasoned action may be best rather than reducing your anxiety by avoiding the talk. This decision making sometimes may need support to practice a new approach to dealing with anxiety.

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