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The 4 faces of anxiety

Anxiety expresses itself in many different ways. Be it in your body, facial expression, and thoughts, like your beliefs or apprehensions. 

Sometimes it may seem like you are anxious for no reason. 

Remember, anxiety can be a valuable and essential feeling in many situations as it is a vital signal to you. It prepares your body for a given situation to react immediately without thinking about it. Anxiety allows you to react quickly and automatically.  

When anxiety manifests in your body, it shows in physical symptoms, such as increased heartbeat, blood pressure, and lungs to give your body the energy and blood sugar needed to react immediately.

Anxiety has four dimensions:

  • The physical dimension: you may feel your heart beating, or you start to sweat, blush, etc.
  • The mind dimension: you may think “something bad will happen” or “I have to get out of here.”
  • The emotional dimension: you may feel helpless or in despair - there may be other emotions that you are feeling when being anxious 
  • The behavioral dimension: you may avoid or flee the situation

Everyone deals with anxiety and stress, and anxiety often appears in stressful life phases. Additionally, try to write down the symptoms you might experience when feeling anxious to track and view your body. 

Anxiety is a normal feeling and essential in many ways, but it can also become a big problem when you feel it is inappropriate. Anxiety appears too often and too long. It gives you a sense of losing control over yourself or when you start avoiding things you usually enjoy, such as going out or meeting friends, speaking, or eating in public. When you feel anxious, and you suffer from the feeling of anxiety, then anxiety may become independent. You do not want to be afraid of certain things or situations; however, your body or mind tells you otherwise.

This is the anxiety we can tackle together for you to feel better and live a life less anxious.

There are several ways to tackle anxiety. 

A first step to tackling anxiety may be to understand yourself better: 

Why do you feel anxious?

Where do you feel this anxiety in your body?

How does it impact your way of thinking and behaving? 

And how do your thoughts and beliefs feed into your anxiety?

I will help you with this by asking you about recognition and reflection. 

I, Clare, will have an interactive conversation taking a closer look at where you feel anxiety in your body, how anxiety expresses itself in your thoughts and beliefs, and what consequences anxiety has on your thoughts and beliefs. 

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