I think at one time or another everyone experiences anxiety! I remember when I first became a public speaker I felt like I was going to pass out! My hands got clammy. My mouth became dry as a desert. I felt like my head was spinning and my heart started to race like I was running a marathon but I was not going anywhere. Experience made public speaking easier in time but the old anxious feeling began all over again when I found myself out of my element.
In the beginning I spoke about God, spirituality and ministry in the church. I loved those days! But things changed when I had to change the subject. When I was an undergraduate for my first psychology degree I had to take a public speaking class. The assignment instructed that we had to choose a subject we were not familiar with and give a speech for our final grade. I thought, "Oh this is a piece of cake!" By then I had been speaking for awhile and even let my professor know I did public speaking quite often. I researched Komodo dragons of all things! I knew nothing about them and that was the idea. The subject had to be unfamiliar to us. I prepared my speech with pictures to hold up and everything! I was READY! Oh my gosh was I surprised when I stood up to give my speech! My legs became like noodles, my mouth had that old familiar desert feeling and my eyes even watered! Imagine my exasperation when I finally got to the front of the class and my rear end began to shake uncontrollably! I feel like I want to panic all over again just thinking about it! I did receive an "A" for my speech but the anxious feeling was something I never have forgotten (obviously)! I was pretty embarrassed after all of my talk about being a seasoned speaker!
An anxiety attack is no laughing matter though; especially when it happens for the first time. We tend to feel like we must be dying. Anxiety can be triggered by many things and can become very debilitating when we don't understand what it is or how to deal with it. According to the Mayo Clinic some of the symptoms can be:
Inability to sleep
Feeling very nervous
Heartrate can be increased
(and the list goes on...)
Anxiety stems from various triggers that activate the "fight or flight" response in the body. This is a reaction caused by the sympathetic nervous system due to a sense of danger. The problem is, the danger is usually non existent. Our bodies were created to prepare for impending danger. When there is no danger it all shows in the form of an anxious response. The heart rate amps up to get moving. The breath becomes fast, shallow, and up in the higher heart area. The body gets warm, ready to run, but there is nothing really there to run from. The symptoms can become so intense a person might believe they are having a heart attack or stroke. Yet, there is no actual emergency, its just an anxious illusion our bodies put us through.
There have been times anxiety hit me and I ended up running to the restroom every few minutes (personal information, I know!) Most of the time an anxiety attack will calm down from 7-20 minutes. Yet, I have had a panic attack that has lasted more than 30-45 minutes! It all depends on the trigger and how my body decides it wants to deal with it all. ( I will write more about panic attacks, panic disorder and other anxiety related issues in future blog posts! This is just a kick off to the subject. We are only getting started!
There are many ways to calm the system and actually reprogram the responses by tapping into the subconscious through hypnosis. It is amazing what a hypnotic suggestion can do to help! There are other means of calming our bodies system down during an anxiety episode. Stick with me!
You can find a great deal of information about anxiety, the disorders it can create, and how to deal with it by reading about it on the Mayo Clinic website. The link and credits are below. (Or you can simply stick with me and my blog information. There is still much to learn if you are new to the experience of having anxiety. Even if you are anxious quite often there are so many things to learn that can help!
Please feel free to comment and post information about your personal experiences!
Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2022 "Anxiety Disorders" Web:
** Disclaimer: Dr. Rev. Jenine's blog and information is not meant to take the place of medical advice. Please seek medical assistance through a qualified medical professional.