Stress, fear and anxiety

If you are a habitual worrier then fear is likely to be the underlying reaction to the problems you are facing at home or at work. This is because you are perceiving some sort of threat to yourself. Fear is one of the basic instincts that every human is born with and it is about survival. We react to fear in various ways based on the fight or flight predisposition.

Escape, Defence, Freezing, Submission

If you are a habitual escaper (flight) then you will avoid any perceived threat and run away from it. This might mean you will fail to deal with relationship problems or work problems by burying your head in the sand.

If you believe you cannot escape from your threat, you may decide to attack (fight) in order to increase your chances of victory over your threat – in order to defend yourself. If you have angry outbursts on a regular basis then this may be your response to the stressors your perceive.

Freezing may be the response to stress where you are living or working with someone who is unpredictable and you don’t want to antagonise them. So you hide your own emotional needs in order not to aggravate someone who may be constantly attacking as their response to stressors.

Submission is sometimes the emotional response when the individual fears being rejected by someone or a group that they wish to be with. The individual suppresses emotions in order to ensure acceptability.

Anxiety becomes and issue for an individual when the fear reactions become excessive and start to affect their lives. Anxiety may prevent you from leading the life you want. You can find out more about one woman’s experience of anxiety here

If you are experience anxiety and would like to talk, call me for a free 30 minute discussion about how I can help you regain your confidence and sense of security