A feeling of worry, nervousness, fear, apprehension or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. Anxiety affects our whole being, including how we feel, how we act, the decisions we make and has very real physical symptoms. It can effect children and adults alike, it effects males and females.
Anxiety is a term used to describe the bodies fight or flight response to its perceived dangers. Anxiety may be something that you feel all the time or it might just arise in certain situations or circumstances eg public speaking, going to the dentist, dealing with conflict, social situations, at work or at home etc.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF ANXIETY:
Anxiety can be caused by worry over the past or the future as it cannot exist in the present moment. Anxiety is often triggered by stress in our lives or a stressful situation. Anxiety can be our body’s way of saying “something is not right” and “listen to me.” If these warning signs go left unacknowledged, the body then has to think of a more obvious cry for help – for example unexplained pain in our bodies.
Research has shown there are 4 main biological causes of anxiety are chemical imbalances, hormones, genetics and conditioning. Those suffering from anxiety often have issues with several neurotransmitters (brain chemicals), including serotonin, norepinephrine and GABA. Basically the chemicals that cause stress overpower the chemicals that prevent stress. These chemicals also play a role in sleep, mood, and emotional stability
SYMPTOMS OF ANXIETY:
• Feeling overwhelmed – too much to do or to handle
• Constant dread, nervousness or worry
• Tightness in body – particularly the chest or throat
• Feeling overly emotional – angry, sad, impatient, fearful etc
• Uncontrollable sweating & clamminess
• Clenching of jaw or grinding of teeth
• Lack of energy & fatigue or feeling lethargic
• Sleeping problems – insomnia, waking up throughout the night
• Nervous habits – eg biting finger nails
• Loss of Brain Integration –foggy head
• Difficulty thinking, speaking, forming thoughts, following conversations
• Difficulty in retaining or learning new information
• Confusion or lack of concentration
• Racing, scattered and negative thoughts
• Rising heat feeling in the body
• Unexplained aches and pains
• Racing heart or uneasiness in stomach
• Digestion problems that are worse when stressed or anxious
• Low immune system/ frequent colds or infections
• Heightened self awareness or being self-conscious
• You often feel you are carrying the world on your shoulders
EMOTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ANXIETY – Fear based
• Fear of being judged – what will people think of you
• Fear of public speaking, social interactions
• Fear of making a mistake or getting it wrong
• Fear that your mind or body is out of control
• Fear of making a fool of yourself
• Fear of failure
• Fear of rejection.
HOW CAN KINESIOLOGY HELP WITH ANXIETY:
Kinesiology is an incredibly effective alternative therapy in treating anxiety disorders naturally and its symptoms. The Kinesiologist, using muscle testing, can communicate with the clients’ innate body intelligence, find imbalances and act to dissolve them. Kinesiology relieves stress, balances hormones and neurotransmitters which enables you to feel calm, relaxed and able to process your feelings and emotions in a healthy way.
Megan Johnston Kinesiology assists in getting to the core of the issue by giving you clarity and understanding of how & when your anxiety was created, what lessons you need to learn from it, and how it affects your mind, body and emotions. I will help you identify and support you to acknowledge, accept and dissolve old and limiting belief systems that reproduce your symptoms of anxiety. I will provide you with insights and practical tools and strategies to incorporate in your everyday life to support your wellness journey and create long-lasting change.
TOP 10 TIPS IN DEALING WITH ANXIETY
1. Kinesiology – it goes beyond the signs and symptoms and deals with the core of the issue.
2. Dance – find your flow – put on your favourite song and dance – move your emotions through your body.
3. Practice breathing exercises – breathe up your spine and down your front centre – your nervous system will thank you.
4. Healthy eating & regular exercise – walking, yoga, whatever you enjoy, be gentle.
5. Find your tribe – your people the one’s that accept, understand, and love all of you.
6. Daily Affirmations – “Every cell in my body is relaxed and calm”
7. Meditation & relaxation – be gentle on yourself.
8. Explore your inner child – between the ages of 0 – 7 is where we develop our beliefs, values and attitudes.
9. Journal – your thoughts, feelings, record 5 things every night that you are grateful for
10. Find your passion – do something you love everyday!