Wellness & Anxiety

Wellness & Anxiety

I’ve posted before about mental health as in today’s hectic life it’s as important to consider our Wellness state as it is to get some exercise twice a week.  If we all take a moment and consider that we all suffer in some way, nervousness, scared, anxious – all feelings, normal feelings that spark chemical reactions in our body the difference between a normal healthy response is the logic of the brain to not over react and certainly not trigger the fight or flight feeling which can bring about palpitations, sweats and a brain that just won’t shut up.  From a very young age I’ve always had that over reaction to situations that most can bat away, get perspective and forget about the issue those of us that suffer with anxiety would give anything to have that sanity so we have to develop ways to control those moments.   I was taught EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy) by a fantastic counsellor Charles Mead who is based at Open Door on Tavistock Street.  EFT allows the person to take back control, the tapping technique momentarily takes you away from that rush of thoughts going round your head and by the time the tapping on the face, neck and hands is finished the anxiety moment normally has passed and really that’s heaven to a sufferer.  I also like to exercise or paint, anything that brings endorphins into the body to bring about that feel good feeling, or a sense of achievement helps for me and yesterday I felt the need to paint again, this one was a self portrait (yup I painted myself 20 years younger but hey ho, artistic license :-))

The point of my post really is to reassure anyone reading this that anxiety whilst it doesn’t offer up any physical illness signs (apart from the sweating maybe) is a serious matter, the damage an anxiety session can have on our mental health is real, it can trigger feelings of low self worth, pointlessness as most people in our lives struggle to recognise when a loved one is in the middle of an anxiety moment.  As a sufferer what I can recommend is knowing the person it should be achievable to recognise when this is happening as in the middle of an anxiety episode we can become quite illogical, and possibly act out of character or be a more extreme version of ourselves.    Look for that signal when supporting someone as this can be used as the sign to just give a cuddle, offering up logical solutions to what the trigger is doesn’t really help in the moment, most of us are more than aware we are being unreasonable but we just cannot stop ourselves, but a cuddle can stop all that in its’ tracks.  Cuddle away as it costs nothing and the benefit is priceless, the sufferer feels secure, wanted, needed and loved, funnily enough those feelings dilute the anxiety and it fades away.  #cuddle-away #livehappy

 

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