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What is anxiety?

The reflection of a face is captured on a piece of smashed glass.

Anxiety is an instinctive response. It might present as an increased heart rate, a dry mouth, a shortness of breath or an inability to focus. * Yet, despite how it might make you feel, your anxiety is doing what it can to protect you.  

Why do you get anxious?

To answer that question, ask yourself this question. What happened when my anxiety was first triggered?

The first time you encountered the situation (that now brings you anxiety) you might have been unprepared and therefore vulnerable, so your anxiety kicked in and made you alert. It helped you cope with a difficult situation. 

Perhaps you were not prepared. For example, a parent might have asked you to look for a spider while they pulled a plaster off your knee. Their intentions were good because they just wanted to give you an innocent distraction. However, it anchored pain and unexpected fright into your nervous system at the sight or mention of the word spider. 

This might explain why you now get anxious when you see a spider. This anchor now triggers your body to go into a shock mode. This could be why your heart rate increases, you sweat, and feel distracted. You become understandably anxious. Your anxiety is (in its own way) trying to protect you.

Anxiety deserves attention.

Your anxiety now needs and deserves your attention. Just saying,

‘I hate spiders’


‘Oh, I always get stressed giving presentations.’


‘The sight of him/her makes me feel sick,’

just triggers a negative internal loop of self-talk.

This reinforces the anxiety response making it each time a little more intense. If you do nothing about it, this will continue to happen. Anxiety is the mind/body’s way of saying:

‘Help me!’

Just suffering will do no one, least of all you, any good.

Anxiety deserves a break

Realign your anxiety so it works more for you. Your anxiety is doing what it can protect you–in the only way it knows how. It is doing what it can to serve you–only it might not be accessing the most productive route for you. The onus is on you to do something about it–anxiety is doing what it can to make you aware. 

Anxiety release drug free

A non-invasive, drug-free way of addressing anxiety is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique); this realigns your body’s instinctive response by getting you to tap your fingers on your acupuncture points. No needles.

This redirects your body’s energy to where it is needed; not where it has learned to go by default. You are in complete control. EFT rebalances your body and your instincts are reset.

What anxiety is, is a series of uncomfortable physical responses. Yet its underlying purpose is to protect you for harm. It just needs to heard so it can work more effectively for you.

*This is not a comprehensive view rather an over-view of a few identifiers for anxiety.

#anxiety #EFT  #drugfree

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