Anxiety is a natural response to dangerous or stressful situations, and everyone experiences it at some point in their life. Our brains have a survival mode called fight or flight. If a bear started to chase you, you would either fight it or flee it. For some people, anxiety, or that fight or flight response, is experienced when there isn’t an actual threat. Some people get anxious about specific situations, and some people are always anxious. Arachnophobia, the fear or spiders, is an example of a specific situation or thing that causes anxiety and triggers the fight or flight mode. Social anxiety is another example of a specific situation that causes some people anxiety. People with social anxiety become anxious when they have to interact with other people. If a person always has anxiety, it means the body is always ready to flee or fight off danger, even when danger isn’t present. It is similar to having your adrenaline pumping all day long.
Anxiety can make you have:
Feelings of restlessness or being “wound up”/jumpy
Excessive, uncontrollable worry
Increased heart rate
Shortness of breath
Anxiety makes it hard to turn off the “what if” feelings, and it can make it hard to determine if something is actually a threat or not. People with anxiety often find themselves preparing for events that will likely never happen. Their anxiety is telling them they need to be prepared for any dangerous situation that might arise.