Frieda L. Ferrick,MFT Grief and Loss Counseling:Anxiety: Paying Attention to Mind, Body and Spirit

Do you feel butterflies in your stomach?  Are you feeling stressed?  Do you struggle with fear that seems to be taking over your life?  You might be experiencing anxiety.

Anxiety is a feeling, a symptom that lets you know that all is not well with your body, mind and spirit.  Its symptoms can feel physical and also at the same time create emotional turmoil.

Physical symptoms can be shallow breathing, racing pulse, trouble catching your breath.  When you are feeling this type of anxiety it might feel difficult to calm down, be present and to concentrate on any given task.

Taking time to pay attention to what is going on in your life is crucial to help alleviate some of these symptoms.  Breathing helps to feel more grounded, connected and feeling more calm, listening to peaceful music, mediation tapes and participating in regular exercise can also be very helpful.

Another symptom that is not usually talked about in connection with anxiety is boredom.  Boredom can disguise what is truly going on and take your mind off of being anxious.  It really can be anxiety that is making you feel antsy, roaming aroun looking for something to do.

When people struggle with the big questions of life, such as, what is the meaning of life?  Is there a higher power, and does God really exist?  Not knowing the answers can create feelings of anxiety.  People who are sure of the answers might not  experience as many symptoms of anxiety as those who question and don’t feel clear within themselves about the answers.

It can be helpful to slow down in your life, pay attention to what is going in your life and inside of you.  If it feels as though you need more than self-introspection, it may be time to get professional help.  Talking to a trained professional can be very helpful and useful in figuring out why you are being plagued with these symptoms.  Finding a therapist who you can trust can help you figure out what makes sense to you and what direction you might want to go in.  All of this can lead to more feelings of peace and less feelings of anxiety.