What You Need to Know About the Physical Effects of Anxiety

Anxiety affects your body as well as your mind. In addition to worrying and feeling nervous, you may experience changes in your immune function, circulatory system, and other areas. Anxiety may also be caused by physical conditions and may increase your risk for certain disorders.

It’s an important issue, because anxiety is the most common mental illness in the United States, affecting an estimated 40 million adults each year. It can take many different forms, including generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, or phobias.

Whatever the cause, anxiety usually responds well to medical treatment and lifestyle modifications. If you or someone you know is being treated for anxiety, consider these physical changes that you may want to address.

Managing the Physical Symptoms of Anxiety

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When you’re stressed, your body releases hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol, that prepare you for fight or flight. Since such physical responses are rarely required in modern life, those chemicals now wind up interfering with natural body functions.

Whilst you can’t eliminate stress, you can use strategies for dealing with it more constructively.

Try These Ideas to Relieve Anxiety

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  • Breathe Deeply: When you’re tense, your breathing tends to become rapid and shallow. Remind yourself to slow down and breathe from your abdomen instead of your chest. You’ll feel calmer and increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to your brain and other organs.
  • Avoid infections. Anxiety may hamper your immune system. Take extra precautions against catching colds and other bugs. Wash your hands and keep them away from your face.
  • Dress in layers. Blood vessels sometimes constrict as the result of chronic stress, making it more difficult to regulate your body temperature. Keep a sweater or wrap handy if you’re prone to sweats and chills.
  • Eat well. Anxiety has a major impact on your digestion. You may overeat or lose your appetite. You may experience irritable bowel syndrome or stomach churning. Plan out your meals and snacks to give your body the nutrients and calories it needs.
  • Limit caffeine. Does coffee give you the jitters? Try cutting back on caffeine to see if you feel more at ease. You may want to avoid coffee completely or limit yourself to one cup a day.
  • Exercise regularly. Physical activity is one of the most effective and constructive methods for dealing with stress. Find a variety of activities that you enjoy. Invite a friend or family member to work out with you so you’ll have more fun and increase your chances of being consistent.
  • Rest and Relax: Anxiety often interferes with sleep, so remove any obstacle you can. Go to bed at the same time each night and keep your bedroom dark and quiet. Relax during the day with meditation, instrumental music, or a warm bath.

Identifying the Physical Causes of Anxiety

Anxiety disorders usually develop in childhood or early adulthood. You may want to see your doctor if you begin to have excessive anxiety later in life, so you can rule out physical causes.

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These are some of the issues to look for:

  • Overactive or under-active thyroid. Overactive and under active thyroids are among the most common physical causes of anxiety. Your doctor can perform simple tests to help you receive appropriate treatment.
  • Issues in the brain. Brain tumours are rare, but they can cause psychological changes. An early diagnosis increases your chances of recovery.
  • Chronic conditions. Struggling with a chronic condition can make you more vulnerable to anxiety.

Understanding the physical effects of anxiety can help you heal your mind and body. Talk with a doctor or therapist about your individual concerns and learn to manage stress so you can enjoy greater physical comfort and peace of mind.

At my vibrant vibes you can book a variety of treatments to help with anxiety may be an emotional freedom technique session or a Reiki these can both be done distant or in person usually with distance are you Skype or zoom so let’s get your anxiety issues gone with these powerful techniques that are used in my clinic in Darlington County Durham you can book at  www.myvibrantvibes.com.

Emotional Freedom Technique What Is It and Can It Help Me?

Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT for short, is a painless and relaxing method of healing which can help to boost your Confidence and Self-esteem. You will lose Anxiety, Stress, Fears and Phobias.  You can learn to Public Speak, improve your Sports Performance, cope with cravings and more.. I just so love this treatment or therapy such a powerful tool in my clinic I’m astounded with the results especially combined with Reiki.

What is emotional freedom technique?

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Emotional freedom technique is a form of counselling intervention that draws on various theories of alternative medicine including acupuncture, energy medicine, thought field, Acupuncture.

How does EFT tapping work?

It has similarities to Acupuncture, EFT focuses on the meridian points or energy hotspots to restore balance to your bodies energy. EFT tapping uses fingertips Tapping to apply pressure. EFT tapping may help you to access your bodies energy and send signals to the parts of the brain that control stress.

What are the pressure points for tapping?

There are the eight main tapping points and one points on your hand known as the karate chop point on the heel or side of your hand. The other eight points are, your eyebrow, side of your eye, under your eye, under your nose, your chin, your collarbone, under your arm and on top of your head.

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It is based on Chinese medicine; Meridian points are thought of as areas of the energy bodies flows through. These pathways help balance energy flow to maintain your health because any imbalance can influence disease or sickness.

EFT Tapping in Five Steps:

Identifying the issue

Firstly, we identified the issue in order for this technique to be affective, this will be the focal point why are you are tapping, focusing one problem at a time to enhance your outcome.

Testing the initial intensity:

After the problem area is identified a benchmark level of intensity is set. The intensity level is rated on a scale from 0 to 10 with 10 being the most difficult or intense. The scale assesses the emotional or physical pain and discomfort someone might feel from the issue. Also by stab leash in a benchmark it helps to monitor the progress after performing a complete EEFT sequence. If your initial intensity was 10 prior to tapping and ended it for you have accomplished a good improvement level, however it is my aim when I’m in clinic with my clients to get them at a 0 or 1.

The setup phrase:

When I’m with a client prior to tapping we always need to establish a phrase that explains what they are trying to address it needs to focus on two main goals, acknowledging the issues and excepting oneself despite the problem. A common set up phrase is’ even though I have this……. Fear or problem, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

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EFT tapping sequence:

There are 12 major meridians that mirror each side of the body and correspond to an internal organ EEFT or emotional freedom technique usually focuses on these nine.

  • Small intestine Meridian- karate chop point
  • Governing vessel-top of the head
  • Bladder meridian-eyebrow point
  • Go bladder meridian – Side of the eye
  • Stomach Meridian – under the eye
  • Governing vessel – under the nose
  • Central vessel – on the chin point
  • Kidney meridian – beginning of the collarbone
  • Spleen Meridian – under the arm

The wording is in essential part of the process because it tells our system what we are working on. Negative emotions will come out because we are tuned into certain thoughts or circumstances which in turn cause our energy systems to disrupt. Once tuned into the issue the tapping stimulates the energies pathways there by balancing the resulting energy disruptions.

Finally, we test the final intensity:

At the end of the sequence I usually get my clients to rate the intensity from 0 to 10 comparing their results with their initial intensity level and if they haven’t reach zero we keep repeating the process.

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If you haven’t tried this amazing technique before and you would like to find out more information please visit my website www.myvibrantvibes.com I am a certified EEFT practitioner with tons of experience in this Truly mind blowing form of healing. Contact me now and let’s knock out those limiting beliefs, patterns, negative thinking that have held you back for years.

Are You Controlled by Your Emotions? 7 Signs That Say You Are

Do you control your emotions or do your emotions control you? Everyone likes to think they have control over their emotions, but there are plenty of common signs that show that it’s quite rare for someone to have mastered their emotions.

Our emotions lead our behavior. You just might discover that you have less mastery over yourself than you thought.

How much control do you really have?

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Consider these signs that indicate your emotions control you:

Number 1: You procrastinate. What is procrastination? It’s the inability to get yourself to do something you know you should be doing. Eventually you’ll do it, but not at the best time.

Why does this happen? It happens because you don’t feel like doing it, so you find a way to squirm out of it, at least in the short term.

Number 2: You lose your temper easily. Do small things make you see red? Do you lose your temper every day?

When you lose your temper, you lose the ability to think and reason like a rational human being. If you had control over your emotions, could you lose your temper?

Number 3: You do what is easy or enjoyable, instead of what is needed. At any moment, there’s what you should be doing and what you want to do. Rarely are they the same thing.

So, which do you do? Do you show discipline and do what is important? Or do you give in to the urge to do something else?

This is the biggest obstacle to success. We all know what needs to be done, but we can’t get ourselves to do it often enough to enjoy lasting success.

Number 4: You repeat your mistakes. One way of knowing that you’re driven by your emotions is an inability to change your behaviour. Repeating mistakes demonstrates that your intellect is being overridden by your emotions.

If your powers of reasoning were in charge, you wouldn’t repeat your mistakes.

Number 5: You fail to consider the consequences of your actions. When your emotions are calling the shots, any consideration of consequences goes right out the window.

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Are you wondering how differently you could have acted?

If you allow your emotions to be in control, your tendency will be to make yourself feel better now without concern for the future.

Number 6: You frequently regret the things you say and do. How often do you say something that you wish you could take back later? Impulsive actions and outbursts show that your emotions have control over your decision-making process.

Number 7: Your actions are influenced by your mood. Do you make the same decisions regardless of your emotions? Good for you. Those that are controlled by their emotions make different decisions depending on how they feel that day.

How much control do you have? Do your emotions drive your thoughts and behavior? It’s not easy to learn how to override our emotions and allow rational thinking to prevail.

We’re all masters at justifying what we desire. Make an effort to think before acting or speaking. Ask yourself what the smart decisions is, and then do everything you can to follow that course of action.

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Fly high, feel fantastic!

EFT which is emotional freedom technique and Reiki are a good combination to help you with your emotions, Tapping can help you access your bodies energy and send signals to the part of the brain that control stress. Stimulating the Meridian points through EFT tapping can reduce the stress or negative emotion you feel from your issue, ultimately restoring balance to your disrupted energy. Reiki can be an aid to relaxation, assist in the body’s natural healing process, and develop emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. Reiki can help people cope with difficulties, relieve emotional stress, and improve overall well-being. So why not head to www.myvibrantfives.co.uk and book an appointment in person or via Skype or Zoom.

Let’s do this!