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Anxiety is what you feel when we are worried, tense or afraid particularly about things that are about to happen, or which you think could happen in the future. Anxiety is a natural human response when you feel that you are under threat. It can be experienced through your thoughts, feelings and physical sensations.
Anxiety can become a problem if it impacts your ability to live your life as fully as you want to. For example:
Your feelings of anxiety are very strong or last for a long time.
You live in constant fear or worry.
You avoid situations that might cause you to feel anxious.
Your worries feel very distressing or are hard to control.
You regularly experience symptoms of anxiety, which could include panic attacks.
You find it hard to go about your everyday life or do things you enjoy.
Trauma an emotional response to a distressing experience. Few people can go through life without encountering some kind of trauma. Unlike ordinary hardships, traumatic events tend to be sudden and unpredictable.
Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people.
Trauma happens when the brain does not feel safe. Your innate trauma response remains in the brain but also gets trapped in the body. Treating the mind and body as a whole by targeting trapped energy in the body leads to helping process trauma synergistically.
A life transition is any change or adjustment that impacts your life in a significant way. We all experience transitions throughout our lives big and small, planned and unplanned.
Transitions may be centered around something exciting. They can also be prompted by distressing situations, such as the loss of a loved one or the onset of a pandemic. Transitions can involve exciting changes, distressing ones, or even just milestones.
When you experience change you become vulnerable because the flow of life has changed. You might notice yourself feeling worried, stressed, tired/fatigued, or experiencing sleeping or eating problems. Perhaps you notice a shift in your mood or physical pains
Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability.
Grief & Loss
Grief is a natural response to loss. It’s the emotional suffering you feel when something or someone you love is taken away. Often, the pain of loss can feel overwhelming. You may experience all kinds of difficult and unexpected emotions, from shock or anger to disbelief, guilt, and profound sadness. The pain of grief can also disrupt your physical health, making it difficult to sleep, eat, or even think straight.
One of life’s most difficult experiences is grief and loss. It would be somewhat easier if grief followed a linear path, with stages that neatly fit into boxes. But big feelings can emerge all throughout the grieving process.
Luckily while emotions can be consuming, they are not permanent states.
Allow yourself to feel.
Remember grief doesn't always move through stages.
Moving on does not mean forgetting.