The whole world is experiencing the effects of COVID-19 right now, and for some, this may reinforce anxiety that they already knew they battled with and for others, this testing situation may trigger anxiety that they never knew they had.
So how do you recognize if you suffer from anxiety?
Anxiety is simply the body’s response to stress.
A response to something we think is a threat.
Have you heard of ‘fight, flight or freeze’?
This our caveman response to DANGER. And it’s triggered by our hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline.
These hormones prepare us for the danger we are about to face, making sure we can react quickly, sending blood to the organs we will need the most – our heart starts beating faster in order to get the blood there!
Unfortunately, we do not have control over our ‘fight, flight or freeze response’.
Anxiety can vary in severity and some people may experience full-blown anxiety disorders.
Common symptoms include:
Rapid heatbeat/ pounding heart – increased heart rate
Shortness of breath
Choking or difficulty swallowing
Compulsive behaviour like checking things
The need to escape a situation that causes discomfort fear and worry
Feeling on edge
Intrusive thoughts/repetitive thoughts/ rumination