As we ushered in 2020 little did, we know the year that was before us was to be such a disaster. Not too dissimilar to the time in history when the Titanic claimed to be unsinkable as the passengers fine dined and wined unaware, they were on course for disaster and then one almighty bang. The Corona Virus has it similarities some knew of its impending doom; still, no warning sounded no time of preparation provided. Then in March 2020, we came to a grinding holt oh how the economy grated as we plummeted into unprecedented levels of national debt and workers confined to their homes.
The psychological problem of being taken by surprise is the anxiety it causes with no time to plan a recovery strategy in the resulting panic and anxiety let’s look at how this affects the mind and body.
We all become worried, even scared when traumatic events overtake our planned lives, and there is no doubt anxiety affects our performance in education or work. There is an array of classifications for stress in the first place you only have to look to the ICD-10 to see how large a subject this matter is. The main symptoms of anxiety are the exaggerated sense of dread causing tension in the body, so hence stress affects the entire body. Irregular sleep patterns are a common factor accompanied by headaches, trembling muscle pain and nausea or diarrhoea if you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms. I strongly recommend you seek out your local doctor. Counselling can help you collect your thoughts together a counsellor will help you identify your negative thoughts and explore your options in acting.
We cope a lot better when we understand what is going on in our body anxiety is an emotional response to a threat that our brain picks up from our environment the brain senses danger. The body responds following the signals sent to the body.
Fear, on the other hand, is about the real danger we feel our provisions of protecting our family are slipping away from us, we fear we will not be able to keep up with payments if we lose our job.
The human brain responds in a manner of fight or flight, causing adrenaline to pump the decision of fight or flight. In turn, this will cause the blood pressure to increase, and the senses propelled into a state of hyper-alert. Anxiety and fear produce very similar physiologic results the mind having to make sense of the data. When the flight or fight become triggered to stress, orders occur regularly. The way things were in our childhood can have a strong bearing on how we allow our mind to respond sometimes enabling us to view the world as more dangerous than it is.
Therefore, if we learn coping skills, we can begin to at least ease that state of anxiety.
Mental health treatments today are more advanced than they have ever been, and treatments focus both on the physiologic and psychological aspect of your anxiety. The biggest problem today is the overuse of medication to provide immediate relief causing us to feel zoned out in the process. (see Jo Watson Drop the Disorder 2019) The prescription does not allow us the opportunity of making any sense in a meaningful way of what is truly going on for us. There is no room for personal growth and development, if we want to discover the true self with lasting rewards reducing our levels of anxiety, then talking therapies are the way forward.