What is anxiety and why do we experience it?
We all experience anxiety when faced with situations we find threatening or difficult. It may be caused by an ongoing worry or as sudden responses to something that makes us feel scared or threatened (this might be characterised as a specific fear or ‘phobia’). Anxiety can affect us both psychologically and physically and carries a range of symptoms. These include: palpitations, breaking out into a cold sweat, discomfort in the stomach, tense muscles, diarrhea, difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, fears of physical illness, amongst a range of others).
How can we help?
We can help you understand how anxiety persists. This is often due to a spiralling vicious cycle of physical symptoms, worrying thoughts, and changes in behaviour. Anxiety can reduce confidence, so our goals would include working constructively with you to break the “anxious cycle” by learning new skills. This could include making alterations to your lifestyle, managing anxiety in specific situations that you might be avoiding, learning to be more assertive, managing time better or changing unhelpful behaviours.