Everyone has experience anxiety at least once in their lives. It could have been a single experience of somewhat more frequent. Unfortunately for many individual’s anxiety is something they deal with on a daily basis and can be completely debilitating. Anxiety is the illusion of no control.

Anxiety is a normal response to a present or imagined threat. Some forms of mild anxiety can be helpful insofar as it enables us to respond quickly when faced with a dangerous situation and to be alert in difficult situations (e.g. exams). However, excessive anxiety may lead to people being paralysed with fear, unable to make decisions, or live their life the way they would wish to with anxiety their constant debilitating companion.

Fear, a very common symptom of anxiety, dissipates and loses its power when faced head-on. Signs of anxiety, will diminish significantly or totally when addressed prior to your upcoming challenges or stress-inducing event. Anxiety symptoms, although not pleasant, are normal provided they’re short-lived and don’t overwhelm you to the point of preventing you from engaging in daily activities.

However, if the anxiety is out of proportion to what is happening in your life; you cannot identify the source of the anxiety; you are being told that your anxiety is unfounded; you worry about events months ahead or long after any danger has passed or if you feel like anxiety is controlling you rather than the other way around you may need professional help.

According to Beyond Blue “Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia. On average, one in four people – one in three women and one in five men – will experience anxiety at some stage in their life. In a 12-month period, over two million Australians experience anxiety.”

Anxiety is common and too often people wait to get support thinking they can manage it themselves or that it will go away. The sooner you get support to help you manage anxiety the better.

Stress is often the close companion of anxiety.  The connection runs deep and it can even be hard to distinguish between the two at times. When it comes to stress, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed, it can be hard to analyse the cause and effect. Is one causing the other? It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg question, which comes first?  The truth is when you are in that anxiety-and-stress state, you really don’t care what is causing it, you just want it gone. The good news is there is support, tools and techniques that you can implement every single day for as long as you need them that will help you decrease and dispel anxiety.

The truth is that anxiety can creep up on you. It silently sneaks in and robs you of your confidence and wellbeing and too often we are not taught appropriate tools to manage it. You are not weak or broken or any of those labels we often call ourselves. You just need some new tools. That is what we offer. Hypnosis, stress and anxiety management tools, counselling and mindfulness are all aspects of our consultations that put YOU back in the driver’s seat of your own life. Our holistic approach gives you what you need to get back to a life without debilitating anxiety.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety                                  Emotional Anxiety Symptoms:


  • Queasiness or dizziness
  • Frequent need to urinate
  • Intermittent Diarrhoea Trembling
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Increased heartbeat and breathing
  • Muscular tension
  • Feelings of dread
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Feeling snappy and sensitive
  • Feeling tense and jittery
  • Expecting the worst
  • Restlessness and over alertness
  • Feelings of apprehension
  • Going blank

About the Author:

Dr. Linda Wilson is co-owner of Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre and is the Stress Specialist.  She is married to Andrew Arnold and has two children, Isaac and Bella, and lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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