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Anxiety and panic occurs when your body reacts to your thoughts. Your mind tells your body that you are in danger even if you may not be. Your body then reacts by releasing adrenaline into your system. Adrenaline causes your body to experience symptoms such as racing heart, shortness of breath, pins and needles, and shaking. Since you are feeling anxious most of the time, your body is always on alert. This causes the feelings of heaviness and exhaustion you are experiencing because you have depleted your energy reserves.
The fear cycle comes when you feel there is danger where there is none. Your mind associates these things and automatically puts your body on alert when you are faced with situations or thoughts that upset you. You begin to feel overwhelmed and constantly anxious because there is no real source of danger except how you feel. You literally become fearful of the fear itself. This is what causes anxiety.
The good news is that anxiety and panic are easy to treat. Anxiety is very common and therefore there are numerous resources to help you. And the fact that you have already sought out treatment and are motivated to get better makes your chances of recovery very high.
Besides therapy, there are many ways you can help yourself get better and do it more quickly. Books, on line links and support groups are all ways to help yourself at home and supplement your therapy. Here are some resources to help get you started:
When Panic Attacks: The New, Drug-Free Anxiety Therapy That Can Change Your Life by David D. Burns
Pass Through Panic: Freeing Yourself from Anxiety and Fear by Claire Weekes
A Life Less Anxious: Freedom from panic attacks and social anxiety without drugs or therapy by Steve Pavilanis and Patricia Alma Lee
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (Anxiety & Phobia Workbook) by Edmund J. Bourne
The Cognitive Behavioral Workbook for Anxiety: A Step-by-Step Program by Bill Knaus Ed.D. and Jon Carlson Psy.D. Ed.D.
Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry by Edmund J. Bourne and Lorna Garano
You can find these books on Amazon.com or your local library may have them for you.
As you begin to understand how anxiety works and how your own thoughts affect your body's reaction, you will find that it is easier to control your anxiety. The key is to let go. I know that sounds odd! But allowing the anxiety to flow through your body and not fighting it helps it dissipate faster. It is when you fight against it that your body tenses, your adrenaline pumps out faster and you feel the odd sensations and feel scared. You can practice letting go slowly. Take one step at a time and expect setbacks. That is ok. Every effort you make no matter how successful or frustrating is still a step closer to getting better.
If you have any more questions, please let me know. And if you want to start a new post and work with me, put my name in front of your question so I can answer it for you.
I hope this has helped you,Kate
No, what you are feeling with the trembling and shaking is normal. Many anxiety experience at least one symptom that bothers them more than others. It is common for it to be something that seems unusual, such as the tremor and shaking you experience. It is also usually something that keeps you questioning whether or not you are ok and keeps your anxiety fueled.
For your symptoms, try deep breathing exercises. It should help calm you and in turn, affect the internal sensations. I believe that you are experiencing fear in your body through this symptom and learning to relax will help you control the feeling. Also, keep telling yourself you are ok and this feeling will not hurt you. Allow it to be. Accept it as part of your experience. Know that this too will pass.
Deep breathing and learning to relax sounds too simple to work. But most people with anxiety don't realize how keyed up they really are. It is why you are experiencing the exhaustion you feel. It's your body giving out after experiencing being keyed up all the time. So learning to relax can help you get back in touch with what it is like to be under control of your body again. This should help the tremors go away.
I am glad to help you anytime. Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns you have. I understand anxiety very well and know how it can seem to take over your life. Support and answers can help a lot when you are trying to recover.