Understanding anxiety

Most of us experience some degree of stressful and anxious moments in our lives. When these levels become too high it can affect our quality of life, and ultimately the way we perform. How you feel is your perception to what is going on around you. What may be intolerable for one person may be acceptable to another. It is important to recognise our own response towards a stressful situation and if required develop some new skills to deal with it. It is also important to recognise your own “line” and not step over this, thus avoiding any unnecessary anxiety.

For example, if you know you are prone to stress more than other people, you wouldn’t necessarily apply for a job that you know will land you in a stressful situation day in day out. Although it is important for some people to challenge themselves in their lives, there must be a balance between trying something new and ending up making yourself unnecessarily stressed which can lead to a great deal of anxiety.

Panic attacks

At some time in our lives we have all experienced some form of panic; perhaps the time we misplaced our keys or wallets. Panic attacks are a severe form of anxiety that strike quite often out of the blue. These can be quite frightening with symptoms of feeling out of breath, feeling dizzy or faint, or short of breath. Sometimes there is absolutely no reason for a panic attack, and other times it can be a build-up of stress and anxiety over a period of time.

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