About fears, worries and anxiety
Fear is an immensely powerful emotion. As a natural survival response it has a very strong effect on both the mind and body. It is helpful when we need to avoid dangerous situations or respond to an emergency, like when someone physically threatens us, or there is a fire in the building.
Some things that might happen to us when we are frightened are:
- heart beat gets very fast – maybe it feels irregular
- breathing gets very fast
- muscles feel weak or like jelly
- churning stomach
- hard to concentrate on anything else
- feel dizzy
- feel frozen to the spot
- can’t eat
- hot and cold sweats
- dry mouth
Fears and worries may be experienced when we are faced with less dangerous situations, like exams, public speaking, a new job or school, travel, a date, or even a party. It is our body’s natural response to something that we feel is a threat.
These fears become a problem when they become severe enough to stop us from doing the everyday tasks and activities that we want and need to do.
Anxiety is a type of fear. It is usually associated with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, rather than something happening right now. With anxiety, you may have some of the above feelings as well as longer-term effects, such as:
- a nagging sense of fear
- feeling worried all the time
- feeling tired and trouble sleeping
- muscle tension and pains
- unable to concentrate
- irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
- difficulty getting on with work and planning for the future
- problems with relationships and intimacy
- loss of self-confidence.
Over time unchecked fears and anxiety can affect our mental and physical health. Fortunately, it is possible to break this cycle. One way of doing so is to learn coping strategies and develop your skills to manage your fears so they don’t stop you enjoying life.
Interventions for anxiety and stress
At the Allied Health Practice we offer a range of modular, ‘present time’, structured psychotherapy programmes and relaxation sessions for anxiety. These are usually a combination of clinic and home-based sessions, but we will tailor this to best meet your needs.
We have programmes suited to all age groups – children from 6+, young people, families, adults and small group programmes are available.
Stress management and assertiveness training programmes are also available, including for the workplace or as part of a return to work programme.
We specialise in programmes for people who have complex presenting needs or are particular susceptible to anxiety because of a developmental condition such as ASD, ADHD or dyspraxia.
Self-confidence and self-esteem
All our programmes include a focus on self-confidence and self-esteem since these can often be adversely affected by anxiety and its impact on our everyday lives.
For children and young people we also target emotional resiliency since this personal quality is particularly important in helping to overcome obstacles and deal with the multitude of pressures which may be faced in modern-day life.
Please contact us for more information.