what is anxiety?
Anxiety and fear are designed to protect you from harm or danger. This is instinctive.
When you leave the safety of your home, you are designed to think of potential dangers (natural anxieties). However, as these threats don’t exist in the way they used to.
When your mind feels you are potentially under threat, the hormone Adrenaline is released. Your heart rate increases to pump extra oxygen and nutrition around your body to prepare your muscles/organs to run and escape from the perceived danger, or stand prepared to defend yourself.
This ‘fight or flight’ response is essential when reacting to a real threat, but is not helpful when your mind is just imagining a threat.