Symptoms of Anxiety
The following are some of the symptoms of anxiety:
· light headedness or dizziness
· dry mouth
· choking sensation
· shortness of breath
· tightness of the chest or chest pains
· loss of appetite or craving for food
· stomach pains
· bladder weakness/diarrhea
· pins and needles
· "jelly legs"
· racing thoughts or confusion
· feelings of unreality
· fear of losing control or doing something embarrassing
According to Dr. Archibald Hart, a world-renowned expert on adrenaline and stress, knowing the basics of what causes anxiety is the first step in managing one's anxiety. Knowledge combined with a willingness to "make a sustained effort on several fronts... altering your lifestyle (especially lowering stress below your threshold), changing your thinking habits, and learning how to relax" as well as using meditation or mindfulness skills can help you begin to find relief from your anxiety (Hart, 1999, p. 39).
I can help you to challenge your current thinking habits as well as teach you relaxation and mindfulness skills so that you no longer have to be a slave to your anxiety.
In the mean time, when you find yourself in a anxious moment, try this breathing technique to help "turn the volume down" on your anxiety:
Inhale through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for 1 count, and then exhale for a count of 8 through your mouth. Do this breath four times.
This may take your anxiety down to a more manageable level.
Hart, A. D. (1999). The Anxiety Cure. Nashville, TN: Word Publishing.