Seasonal Change and Anxiety

I think we have left summer behind us now and embracing autumn. This season can be very picturesque with the leaves changing to rich colours. Some people are enjoying the shorter days and are looking forward to cosy evenings in front of the fire. Others may start feeling anxious due to the change of the season, including the presence of less sunlight, and the impact this all can have on our emotional wellbeing. There may be a fear that anxious thoughts and feelings escalate and spiral out of control.

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It is important to remember that we all feel anxious at times, particularly when change is in the air. This is a normal response and it is essential to be gentle with yourself. By taking a few deep breaths in and out in a controlled manner, you signal your body that you are not under a great threat. This can result in your body’s physiology to return to normal functioning. Anxious thoughts and feelings need to be acknowledged and validated. By exploring this further it is helpful to look for potential triggers in order to gain a better understanding and a way to work with our body as well as helping towards adapting to change around us.

It may be useful to speak to your family and friends about your anxious feelings. The sharing of experiences can result in a better understanding and lead to finding coping mechanisms when experiencing anxious thoughts and feelings. There is a lot of advice and guidance available on the internet too.

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If anxiety levels however continue to present in a heightened state, this can have a disabling effect on everyday life as well as stopping you from enjoying your life.  It will have an impact on working towards adapting to the change in the season or any other change in your life. It is important to remember that support is available. At MTS Psychotherapy we offer psychological support when experiencing a range of psychological symptoms. If you need psychological support and want to discuss this further via a confidential telephone conversation, why not get in touch today.

The impact of Covid-19 pandemic on our anxiety levels

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a massive impact on our overall wellbeing and will continue to have for some time. May people experience heightened levels of anxiety, which are linked to how our bodies react to danger. This is expressed by a fight-or-flight-or-freeze response and is one of the tools our body uses to protect us from danger. When we feel threatened, the fight-or-flight-or-freeze response is automatically triggered, and several physiological changes in our body prepare us to either confront, flee, or freeze from the threat.

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The anxiety symptoms experienced are varied and may include the following presentations:

  • Fixation upon the outcome of events
  • Restlessness and difficulty in concentrating
  • Rapid heartbeat and breathing
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and stomach upset
  • Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Tight or painful chest
  • Numbness and tingling sensations
  • Unreality or bright vision makes our environment looks less real
  • Heavy legs
  • Choking sensations
  • Hot and cold flashes
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It is important to note that some levels of anxiety are normal. We all experience these daily and they have an important function to ensure our survival. However, with the presence of the Covid-19 pandemic, a lot of people will have experienced heightened anxiety levels on a regular basis, which is invading the quality of their life. For example, going shopping may have become exceedingly difficult and leading to feeling under constant threat. This may result in staying at home and thus increase feelings of loneliness and isolation.

In addition, prolonged and ongoing anxiety responses can lead to excessive anger, continued high stress levels, or other problems, and it might be time to intervene to reduce the potential of chronicity and longer-term psychological difficulties. At MTS Psychotherapy we are able to offer psychological support when experiencing a range of psychological symptoms which are preventing you from enjoying your life in general as well as supporting you to make necessary changes to adapt to living with the Covid-19 pandemic. If you need psychological support and want to discuss this further via a confidential telephone conversation, why not get in touch today.

Mental Health Awareness with MTS Psychotherapy

What is your Mental Health like?

Everybody has Mental Health, recognising at what stage your Mental Health is and of those around you is the start of Mental Health Awareness. For those of us with good Mental Health, our lives are in good order, we feel positive about life, are able to think, feel and act in a more positive way and can deal with life’s challenges in an orderly fashion.

For those of us whose Mental Health is not as good, we have less positivity, struggle to think, act and feel positive about life, we struggle to cope with life’s stresses and strains and can begin to seriously affect our whole lifestyle.

Mental Health awareness with MTS Psychotherapy can help identify the issues that affect us and by working together can develop a positive pathway to be able to cope with those daily pressures and lead to an increased quality of life.

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