As a yoga teacher and Mind Detox Practitioner I have worked with people with anxiety. Anxiety can present itself in different ways and often lies beneath the surface of our everyday thinking, WHY? Well, as humans we are efficient and we can suppress things that do not serve our everyday functioning, this maybe efficient, but not always very smart, as the anxiety comes out in different ways… It kind of works as a survival mechanism, and actually a little anxiety can help us through a lot – the butterflies in the tummy feeling, and the surge of nervous energy that we get prior to an interview or important meeting… but these little nerves or signs of excitement are somewhat different to full-on anxiety, as they are more fleeting.
Anxiety can build-up and turn into a panic attack or it can come out in your dreams – or night terrors. This is common with children, as many larger issues such as falling out with peers, or moving house, or parents’ separation or even exams can cause night sweats, rapid breathing and nightmares.
Long term anxiety can be displayed through nail biting or twitching or skin picking amongst other things. It can be similar to other conditions such as depression, but if you have anxiety, that doesn’t mean you have depression or vice versa. It can lead to other conditions such as phobias, or obsessive disorders and it can also, as mentioned above be the cause of panic attacks.
Panic attacks may feel different for different individuals, but from my experience, a panic attack is a build-up of something from the gut and torso area, your body freezes almost, and your breath rapidly quickens, and your heart pounds, your mind is not thinking any one thought, and your feelings are of confusion, fear and often helplessness… the build-up is overwhelming and it can get very distressing. It does pass, and it can feel strange.
If you witness anybody having an anxiety attack it can be frightening. Placing a calming hand on the outside of the person’s arm, and looking them directly in the eyes can bring them back to a ‘normal’ state. Obviously if they resist your interaction then leave them be. It is usually a cry for help and if you are close to the person and not the direct or negative cause of their attack, then it is likely they will welcome the comfort.
Yoga can help heaps, especially the breathing techniques… to be able to call upon this breath-work during or on the onset of an attack can really ease the intensity. Practising regular yoga asanas can keep anxiety at bay, and Mind Detox sessions can heal the root cause of the attacks.
If you do suffer from anxiety research your local Mind Detox Practitioner, as well as start a regular yoga class and see the benefits for yourself. Be open to these having a positive impact on your life too!
I will be including some breathing techniques on my blog soon, particularly the simple ones I have taught young people, to help them to deal with their anxiety.
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