Anxiety can be a crippling experience that renders the sufferer in a state of panic. Anxiety can become almost unbearable with physical and emotional symptoms which are very unpleasant. At a physical level, blood pressure and heart rate may increase, a tightness in the chest is experienced, indigestion, constipation or its opposite, aching limbs and headaches. Emotionally, panic and fear arise and the person may become full of negative thoughts and feelings of dread that they will never find a way out of their situation.
Sometimes a person might know why they are feeling anxious ? a looming deadline, missed commitments, difficult conversations to be had, a double life being lived or fear or losing a job or relationship. At other times, the reasons are unclear and the feeling of anxiety ?for no real reason? may lead a person to think they are heading for a serious mental breakdown.
Anxiety is a powerful indicator that all is not well. At a conscious level, a person may feel they are dealing with certain issues well and yet at an unconscious level, our body and emotions cry out that something needs to change. Consciously, a person may hoodwink themselves into believing that all is well and yet if they are feeling anxious, the reasons behind this must be found ? they will not just go away as the sufferer hopes.
Often, not living the life you want to live or the relationships you desire, or not having the creative outlet for your talent despite achieving much in an existing job, can give rise to anxiety. Giving yourself a good ?talking to? will not stop anxiety rising if deep inside, you are not living the life you want. By exploring what is behind the language of your anxiety, you can take back your power to decide what needs to change and make anxiety a thing of the past.