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It’s our body’s way of preparing us for a challenge when faced with stress, by releasing a hormone called adrenaline. This causes the fight, flight or freeze response so that we’re alert and ready to react to the challenge. Therefore anxiety can be useful and helpful when we face new or stressful situations.
Becoming anxious is a normal part of our development as we grow up, we develop our “survival skills”, so that we can face challenges in the wider world. We can all respond differently to stressful situations.
The affects of adrenaline, creates physical sensations throughout the body which can be uncomfortable and unwanted for example;
These reactions help your body prepare for a situation that your brain is telling you, is unsafe.
Adrenaline gives you the energy to deal with the situation that is making you anxious.
But…. sometimes we think we’re threatened when there’s nothing to fight.
When anxiety get’s in the way of day to day life, its time to look at ways to help yourself.
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