Thursday, November 24, 2011

How Anxiety can Touch Your Life

By Frank Jeffrey

Most people believe that anxiety problems are all in the mind. Nevertheless, if you get a closer look at what disturbed individuals go through, you will see that their anxiety also reaches out to the physical level. That is because anxiety is a normal reaction of the body when it gets anxious. It triggers the fight-or-flight response, preparing the body for action. It is like putting oneself on survival mode.

Much of bodily changes take place during anxiety. The body gives off a hormone known as adrenaline, which in turn gives the person an "adrenaline rush." If you have gone through this, you in all probability have felt as if your heart is pumping furiously inside your rib cage. Your breathing also becomes fast, enabling you to fill your lungs with oxygen. Your senses become more alive, and you become more responsive to the changes in your surroundings. You break into an effort in your body's endeavor to cool. If you were previously hungry, you will notice that this will not bother you anymore as the blood in your digestive system is diverted to the other systems that are more essential by the body at that time. These are normal responses to tension, although it may feel frightening and dreadful.

Still, this becomes a problem when this kind of anxiety already interferes with one's life. It is one thing to be stressed about, say, a sports competition or a natural tragedy. Then Again, individuals with anxiety problems experience these symptoms even during situations that are usually not deemed to be bothersome. For instance, being anxious about going to a party and mingling with other people to the point that you cannot think straight and you feel as if you cannot breathe is evidently an anxiety trouble. Needless to say, anxiety can have a big effect not just in your life but also in the way that you interact with others. This can result to low self-esteem, social estrangement, and even medical illnesses.

If you are experiencing these anxiety or scares, it is time to get a hold of yourself and try to process defeating this anxiety. One technique that you can use is relaxation therapy. This enables your body to stay still during stressful situations and thus keep off the irritating symptoms of anxiety.

One of the most ordinary relaxation therapies being applied for anxiety these days is hypnosis. In hypnosis, the hypnotherapist helps the individual to enter a state of trance-like awareness in order for the person to look quiet and mellow. A hypnotherapist can have several approaches when it comes to anxiety hypnosis. He can propose to the person in a comforting voice to release all physical, mental and emotional stress and to do some respiration exercises. He can also practice the advanced relaxation technique, focusing on relaxing various muscle groups first until every muscles are made relaxed. Imagination techniques can also be employed in hypnosis for anxiety, as well as touch therapy, if the person is comfy with the idea.

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