Anxiety is more and more common in society. Surely you know someone around you who has it, and you have often wondered if you have it.
In this article I will explain what anxiety is, what are its symptoms and how to treat it.
What is anxiety?
Anxiety is a psychological and physiological state of the body which activates naturally when we face a danger (real or imagined). The person in charge of activating this system is called SRAA (upward activating lattice system). They are a collection of neurons located in the brainstem, and their main function is to keep the state of alert.
I will give you an example of how the ascending activator trellis system works. Imagine you are at home with friends having something so quiet in the dining room, while in the kitchen, accidentally, a fire breaks out because there is a fault in the electrical circuit.
As a result, the smoke detector goes off, triggering the fire alarm. Thanks to this detector, your body is on alert, which prepares you for this dangerous situation. There are several options: call the fire department, try to put out the fire – all of these options can save your life.
So, as you can see, anxiety can help you avoid danger and protect yourself.
So … where does the anxiety problem come from?
Anxiety turns negative when it blocks and paralyzes us, because it is the opposite function to the main objective.
We continue with the example of the fire. You have two options for dealing with the fire you have suffered:
- First of all, give thanks because your body has warned you about how to save your life.
- Second, think that this fire could have killed you. That if there has been one, it is very possible or almost certain that it will happen again and you will not be so lucky.
We need to know that luck is a subjective thing. As I told you, the body is ready and designed to give you a warning, so you don’t have to anticipate something that is unlikely to happen. it is your own fears that push you to live this circumstance, so it’s not real. We call this autosuggestion.
We can therefore say that poorly managed anxiety is the imaginary state of anticipation of catastrophes that have just occurred in your mind, generated by your fear.
Symptoms that help you spot anxiety.
While it is true that there are some common and prevalent symptoms of anxiety, it is important to know that there are many types, and these they vary in appearance and intensity depending on psychological and genetic predisposition of the person who suffers from it.
Therefore, it is not good to compare yourself with other people who suffer from anxiety, as the manifestations may be different.
I am going to list some of the more common warning indicators that can appear singly or in combination.
1. Muscle tension
Nervous states usually cause the muscles to have more than usual. Additionally, muscle tension itself can alter your nervous state. This is why it is not uncommon to suffer from muscle pain during times of stress.
2. Irrational fears
Imaginary fears that prevent us from fully developing in our daily lives.
Sleep disorders are very common in anxiety and these develop as a result of stress itself which prevents us from falling asleep in a healthy way.
Fatigue is common any time physical or mental exertion has been made. The problem is when it becomes chronic without overwork. In the case of anxiety, it happens to remain unconscious in a state of continuous alert.
5. Difficulty concentrating
Some studies indicate that anxiety affects short-term memory, which helps us focus on our daily tasks.
6. Change of emotional state
Being continually exposed to anxiety it makes our mood and emotions not match the situation that we really live.
Types of anxiety symptoms
Symptoms are classified into different groups based on what human activities are affecting. I put it some examples of each of the existing groups.
- Difficulty making decisions.
- Willingness to flee or to attack.
- Chest pressure.
- Diet changes (eating too much or too little).
- Muscle tension.
- Stomach pain.
- Shortness of breath.
- Excessive worries.
- Concentration problems.
- Intrusive thoughts.
- Memory problems.
- Repetitive bites.
- Abnormal monitoring status.
- Blockages to action or impulsiveness.
- Difficulty being at rest.
- Closed body postures.
- Difficulty conversing with others.
- Status absent from interactions.
- Difficulty saying what you think.
- Difficulty asserting oneself.
Cristina Salguero Villamor
Cristina Salguero Villamor
Coaching, NLP and Mindfunless
If you are experiencing anxiety states that limit you, from coaching and neurolinguistic programming (NLP), I can help you identify negative patterns that are limiting you and turn them into positive patterns so that you can achieve your desired goals.