Often the feeling of anxiousness can creep up on us, almost without us noticing it, until it is there, sat on our shoulder. It can be an incredibly frightening experience, with an affect on our whole being. Physiologically, the symptoms can include sweating, shortness of breath, shaking, feeling of isolation and detatchment, numbness, or a fear of going mad or being out of control. It can make us feel uneasy, and impair the way in which we express ourselves, or deal with certain situations that we would normally be able to deal with.
The level of intensity can also change from being fairly mild and experiencing an odd twinge of unease, to a full on panic attack manifesting in physiological symptoms.
In our busy lives today, we can often miss or ignore the early signs of stress and anxiety that may be a warning to us, and this can then lead to further symptoms of stress and anxiety. Our lives today, mean that we endeavour to be the perfect parent, partner, work hard and in the midst of all of the ways of ‘doing’, we forget about ourselves, and finding ways to truly relax and unwind.