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Anxiety comes from being frozen. Just like the deer in the headlights. They are stunned in the moment and not able to move. This may have happened to you in the past. Something happens and you freeze. You are not able to respond to what is happening around you.
After the freeze, it is not long till the moment of fear comes. It comes fast and you become hyper-activated with possible fast heart rate, increase breathing, and other physical issues.
After the activation of the fear, it may lead to a panic attack where it may be hard to breathe. This may include huffing and puffing. Also, it may be very scary.
Generalized anxiety disorder
Anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive anxiety and worry and it is hard to stop the worrying. It may be accompanied by restlessness, irritability, sleep issues, muscle tension, difficulty concentrating, and exhaustion.
Panic disorder is an intense fear that can peak in a very short period of time…minutes. It may include sweating, shaking, fast heart rate, nausea, abdominal pain, light-headedness, chills, etc. Sometimes it can feel like a heart attack.
Other types of anxiety
Anxiety may be complicated by depression, substance use, eating disorders, or other issues. Substance use, including alcohol, may cover up an anxiety issue. Long term stress due to anxiety can compromise your immune system. This may make you more susceptible to colds, flu, and other diseases.
Nutrition and Anxiety
Nutrition can affect anxiety. Do you drink so much caffeine that it causes anxiety? Do you use alcohol to deal with your anxiety? Do you have issues with hypoglycemia or low blood sugar that affects your anxiety?
What can therapy do for you?
Therapy can help you identify what is causing your anxiety. It can help you make changes to your life to help you deal with your anxiety in a safe and effective way. It will help you find your personal peace.
Nutrition counselling can help you make healthy food choices that will help reduce your anxiety.
When you deal with your anxiety you will find that life becomes more intentional and less chaotic. It will help deal with your stress and anxiety in your life.
Short-term therapy can help relieve many symptoms and you back on your feet. For people who choose to engage in long-term therapy, the results are deeper and often very profound. You can choose the best path for your life, short or long-term therapy, or a combination of both options.
Audrey Tait has training in anxiety and nutrition. She can help you decrease your anxiety and panic attacks. She is here to help you. Make an appointment today. Find out more about her training. Find out more about anxiety in this blog.