Updated: Jan 18
What causes anxiety for you?
Anxiety can be awful, producing a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, feeling sick, hot flushes, increased heart beat not being able to think clearly and even sometimes blurred vision. However, the causes of the the anxiety can vary greatly from person to person. I was thinking about this today when watching my son playing football and wondering how many of them may suffer a degree of anxiety before the match. Even though it is something they enjoy there may be worries they have, pressure to succeed from other team members, parents, fear of injury and fear of the unknown. It reminded me of when I was younger and used to go for horse riding lessons, I always felt sick and shivery before hand, even though I enjoyed it. The fear came from not knowing which horse I would get and whether I would be able to manage its behaviour and get it to do what I wanted it to do. There was also the fear of injury as it was common to fall off the horse too. Then the fear of embarrassment if I did fall off! It is usually some underlying fear that causes anxiety in most people and understanding what that fear is and then being able to challenge the fear is often a good starting point for dealing with your own anxiety. What situations cause you anxiety and what do you think the fear behind it is? Please comment below if you are comfortable to share your thoughts.