Knowing what I feel
One of the most common human challenges every person has experienced in some form or another is that of anxiety. Some people typically carry more anxiety than others; however, no matter who you ask, every person will be able to describe similar experiences of anxiety.
Yet, we often feel that no one understands our internal conflict and tension caused by anxiety, resulting in us feeling isolated and alone in our inner world of worry and concern. The anxiety feels very real, very personal and difficult to overcome.
Many people have resigned themselves to a belief that they will always live with some level of anxiety, because that is the programming that is fed to us throughout our lives. If we are not worried or concerned about some current situation or future event, then we feel as if we don’t fit in to society. We can even go so far as to carry anxiety for other people, above and beyond our own anxieties.
We, unknowingly, feel as if we need something to feel anxious about in order to feel “normal”, or to feel as if our life has meaning and purpose. We attach deeper value to the situations and events we feel anxious about. And, more often than not, we don’t realise we have given anxiety greater value than it deserves. It is an unconscious process.
The truth is that you do not have to live with anxiety
There is no value in the experience of anxiety that will enrich your life experience. All it serves to do is take you out of the present moment and out of deeper connections with the people you love. Anxiety keeps your internal experience constricted and constrained, tight and uncomfortable, and it inhibits you from seeing the beauty in the world around you.
At the South African Centre for Spiritual Awakening, we help people on a daily basis to experience freedom from the anxieties they have carried for as long as they can remember. By helping them to reconnect to their true nature, they spontaneously release anxiety with ease.
In the first session, you come to realise that anxiety is attached to the ego identity – it is not a part of who your truly are. There is a way out of the pain and discomfort with the therapies and techniques offered by the therapists at the Centre. Release anxiety now.
So, what exactly is anxiety and what does it look like?
Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.
Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear.
For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, school work, and relationships. If your feelings of anxiety are extreme, last for longer than six months, and are interfering with your life, you may have an anxiety disorder.
What are anxiety disorders?
It is normal to feel anxious about moving to a new place, starting a new job, or taking a test. This type of anxiety is unpleasant, but it may motivate you to work harder and to do a better job. Ordinary anxiety is a feeling that comes and goes, but does not interfere with your everyday life.
In the case of an anxiety disorder, the feeling of fear may be with you all the time. It is intense and sometimes debilitating. This type of anxiety may cause you to stop doing things you enjoy. In extreme cases, it may prevent you from entering an elevator, crossing the street, or even leaving your home. If left, untreated the anxiety will keep getting worse.
Anxiety disorders are the most common form of emotional disorder and can affect anyone at any age. According to the American Psychiatric Association, women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.
The symptoms of anxiety?
Anxiety feels different depending on the person experiencing it. Feelings can range from butterflies in your stomach to a racing heart. You might feel out of control, like there’s a disconnect between your mind and body.
Other ways people experience anxiety include nightmares, panic attacks, and painful thoughts or memories that you canâ€™t control. You may have a general feeling of fear and worry, or you may fear a specific place or event.
Symptoms of general
• Increased heart rate
• Rapid breathing
• Trouble concentrating
• Difficulty falling asleep
• Your anxiety symptoms might be totally different from someone else’s.
That’s why it’s important to know all the ways anxiety can present itself.
Types of anxiety
• Panic disorders
• Phobia-related disorders
• Social anxiety disorder
• Separation anxiety disorder
• Obsessive-compulsive disorder
• Illness anxiety disorder
• Post-traumatic stress disorder the anxiety will keep getting worse.