WHAT DOES ANXIETY FEEL LIKE?
So what exactly does anxiety feel like? Have you ever wondered if anxiety is just a little palpitation here and there – nothing to worry about, a little stressful but nothing to write home about?
Many of us have experienced these type of feelings perhaps when starting a new job, school, moving home and or when attempting something new for the first time. We may feel anxious about how we will be able to cope or will we appear completely stupid in front of our work mates etc However, this type of anxiety is quite short lived and will often disappear as soon as we feel more comfortable with our new circumstances.
SEVERE AND CHRONIC ANXIETY
Severe and chronic anxiety, however, is a totally different feeling altogether. It is not easy to “snap out of it” and if the anxiety becomes severe, it can feel like a life threatening condition. Ask anyone who has suffered from this debilitating condition!!
Trauma of any sort can trigger anxiety and often does. So the individual not only has to contend with whatever event has taken over their life – but also these very difficult feelings they are experiencing. They can often be quite shocking and frightening for someone who has never experienced these before.
TURN TO OTHERS
There are many different websites which can provide help for these feelings such as http://www.mind.org.uk/ and often your own GP will be able to advise in these situations, but one of the things which helped me was to turn to others who could support me at that time. Many of them had no experience of what I was going through – but they were kind enough to give me a listening ear, often crying with me . I had offers of counselling, which I took up on occasion and I read every book I could put my hands on. I became a devourer of everything and anything which might help me to alleviate this anxiety but ultimately it was my connection to other human beings – and their willingness to stretch their hand out to me that really was the healer. There are still days when anxiety takes over – but nothing like it used to be.
So if you are suffering anxiety – reach out to others who can help especially family and friends you trust – and if you know someone is suffering anxiety – even if you don’t understand – never turn away – just reach out your hand by giving a little bit of time to someone else. It will never be forgotten and you may need that help one day in the future. As the saying goes – “There but for the grace of God go I.”