“A head full of fears has no space for dreams”

Whilst stress is a physical response to a threat, anxiety is worrying about it actually happening. However, with anxiety, we often experience the same physical sensations, the heart palpitations, shallow breathing, lump in your throat and stomach in knots.

Anxiety is an imagined threat; the meeting with the boss, the drive to work, what to wear, how to look good, what to feed the children, how to cope with the credit card bills.

The problem with anxiety is that you get all the sensations of stress, without having to face the fear.

“Worry is like a rocking chair – it gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere” – unknown.

Anxiety can become all-encompassing, all-enveloping until it consumes the whole of a person’s life.

The combination of physical and mental symptoms of anxiety can become a loop, so that a person starts to worry about worrying. As soon as those physical sensations, such as the butterflies in the stomach, appear, the cycle begins, so that the emphasis is on feeling anxious, rather than the anxiety itself.

This can spiral until the person has a panic attack, a period when the mind scrambles, and physical sensations can occur.

Hypnotherapy and meditation along with grounding techniques are a great way to tackle anxiety and stress.