Part one of this article discusses how the Corona virus has impacted the anxiety levels of women, men and children. I also talk about the two types of anxiety that actually help us in our daily lives. They hold, protect, and encourage us to be our best. In this second edition of how to overcome anxiety we continue the story and you find out what happens when we can’t turn anxiety off and it starts to run the show? In the third and final instalment, I tell you how to find real help. The kind of help that will change your life forever.
The Science Bit – It’s all to do with communication
Without getting bogged down in too much neuroscience, when we allow anxiety more freedom than it needs, in a nutshell, parts of our brain are either not talking enough, or talking too much to other parts of our brain. As we all know, the brain is a complex part of our body. I don’t believe that we have even scratched the surface of what it is capable of. However, what we do know is that when we think or feel, it is the result of signals being sent to the right parts of the brain, to get the desired effect.
The amygdala, a small section of brain deep inside the limbic system (the emotional part) is responsible for signals of fear, when connected to knowledge of places and people. In the past, we thought that if the amygdala was damaged or not working properly, anxiety ensued. However, scientists now believe that rather than anxiety being attributed to simply one part of the brain, it is more a case of the communication (or lack thereof) between a number of different parts. The challenge therefore, is to get the right parts talking, at the right speed, and at the right moment, to each other.
Type 3 – Anxiety: More than a feeling
In my experience, and in meeting my clients, the two types of anxiety discussed in part one, tend to sit in our stomachs. They are ball like, intense, a knot. They focus us, sending out signals to be vigilant, alert, aware and in touch.
The 3rd variety of anxiety feels very different. It is generally weighted, often hot and pressured. It tends to sit across the shoulders and chest but moves between this area and our head. It makes the recipient feel trapped within their own body. It is silent and it silences the host. This anxiety feels like a parasite. Its intention is to protect (hold us) but in trying to do so, it ends up holding us back. Trapping, crushing and pushing everything around it away. It isolates it’s host, utterly and completely. This is the version of anxiety that does nothing for us. It doesn’t help and has no place within us.
No one needs to feel like this.
Let me repeat that.
Let it sink in.
NO ONE needs to feel like this.
Make sure you read part three of Anxiety Be Gone, to finish your journey of how to overcome anxiety and to find out how to finally get your life back.
I work with young people who struggle and suffer with anxiety, and who want to "feel normal" again. I do this by stopping their anxiety and giving them their life back, without them having to commit to a lifelong sentence of counselling or therapy.