Living without anxiety is born with the aim of helping those who feel or suffer from anxiety. The modern and accelerated society together with the current rhythms of life make anxiety disorders one of the most frequent discomforts of our times .
There is, on the part of the population in general, a great ignorance about the origin of anxiety and above all how to overcome it , generating intense suffering that is usually carried in silence as well as being rare for someone to stop and explain what anxiety really is. .
Learning anxiety What is this that I feel in my body?
Since I dedicate myself to psychology and patient care, I have always been surprised by the number of people who suffer from anxiety, but even more so how unknown their symptoms and their origin are, so that sometimes it is difficult for the person to identify your own discomfort with anxiety , but even more so that you understand the mechanisms by which your body feels this way, and therefore understand everything you can do to control it, reduce it and the best goal, not to feel it.
Anxiety What is it really?
Anxiety appears when a system of our organism called sympathetic system is put into operation, and to make it easier to understand we will call ” alarm or danger zone “. This system is activated before any perception of danger from our brain and prepares our body to face it . It is a survival mechanism that allows us to flee or attack if we are in a situation of real danger, for example, before a fire, our brain detects the danger and we quickly begin to function in alert mode, our heart beats faster, our muscles tense, we have more oxygen, etc. … all this will help us not to remain passive and quickly act. In this case, it is a healthy activation of our alarm system, and all the activation generated will pass once the danger has passed.
What happens if there is no real danger?
What happens in our body if there is no real danger, but we begin to worry or anticipate negatively about certain events in the future? In this case, although there is no real danger and our body does not need to flee or attack anything or anyone else, the brain also interprets that there is danger and activates the physiological mechanism that we have for dangerous situations, and also that when there is a real danger, our body begins to function faster than normal, also the heart beats faster , we also oxygenate more , also the muscles tense.. but as we do not have to run away from anything but we can simply be on the sofa of our house or performing the tasks of daily life, without realizing it, just with our worries or accumulated tensions, we are activating the system in our body of alarm unnecessarily, and all that unnecessary excess tension is what translates into our body as anxiety .
To understand it even more, try to remember some moment in your life where you could have a ” scare “, but that nothing really happened, but it was our interpretation of the situation that made us feel scared, for example, being with a little boy and suddenly not visualize it, and quickly realize what he was simply playing in another place away from our sight, we quickly relaxed but at the moment of perception of danger, our alarm zone is activated, if you remember any sensation of this kind You can understand the anxiety mechanism more easily . The problem lies in activating our alarm zone constantly or due to unreal circumstances but simply because we are worrying.
We can also imagine the alarm zone, like the alarm of a car that jumps at the moment of danger, because our brain works the same way, at the moment we interpret a possible future danger, it starts to work faster. It is an almost unconscious mechanism, hardly known but necessary to understand so that you will then be able to know how to control anxiety .
But beware! The alarm will indicate that it is broken and that it is necessary to fix it if every time someone passes by near the car it starts to sound. Once the alarm has been turned on, if we continue to worry our body will continue to generate activation, and we will continue to feel the symptoms of anxiety. Detecting and controlling it will improve our physical and psychological health and bring greater well-being to our lives.
What symptoms are the most frequent?
The excess tension in the body of the person together with the activation of the “alarm zone” triggers in our body a series of symptoms. Not all people feel the same symptoms nor do all the symptoms appear in the same person, nor do they have the same intensity in all cases. Depending on each person and their biological and / or psychological disposition, they are more vulnerable or susceptible to one or other symptoms.
Knowing the symptoms of anxiety is essential because it allows us to have more control over them, in addition it is common for the person to be scared of the anxiety symptoms themselves, interpreting these symptoms erroneously as a sign that something terrible may be happening in my body, which leads to increased concern and danger signal, and therefore, we have more anxiety.
The most frequent symptoms that usually appear in our body:
Physical symptoms of anxiety
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath
- Digestive discomfort
- Inability to relax
Psychic symptoms of anxiety
- Feeling of threat or danger
- Want to run away or attack
- Fear of losing control
- Feeling of strangeness or depersonalization
All these symptoms are normally linked to a very unpleasant feeling that ” something is wrong “, a great difficulty in making decisions along with the fear of death, madness, etc. People who suffer anxiety usually express a state of constant restlessness , causing these symptoms deconcentration, we are less attentive, and we are even more worried to see how we care too much about unimportant things.
Feeling anxious is always very unpleasant, so understanding and learning to control your symptoms is essential to live in peace and live without anxiety.
Keys to overcome it
Living without anxiety , is mainly to learn a lifestyle , where we give importance to our mental style and our way of facing daily life and its adversities, that is, to understand what we should put all our efforts to not live constantly worried, and that of If so, our body will give us the alarm signal appearing the symptoms of anxiety. In turn, it is essential not to accumulate tensions continuously, our body needs relief … express, cry, allow us, etc. and our mind needs to clear itself through positive thinking and self-help phrases that improve our self-esteem and attitude towards anxiety.
If anxiety has already given signals in our body, we should not get used to living with it , to think what is part of our body, because we would be operating in alarm mode continuously, something that sooner or later will deplete our body. If we do not turn off the alarm we would end up worn out and our biological system will eventually break down and develop ailments and diseases.
Therefore, if we feel anxiety, we must look for strategies that relax our body, such as performing abdominal breathing exercises , relaxing our muscles , walking or doing any physical activity , etc … in short, download all the excess tensions from our body and adopt strategies that allow us to feel more relaxed.