You can be going about your day, feeling great and then you get the “flutters”. Those of you who are at all prone to anxiety and worry know exactly what I am talking about. It’s that funny little feeling in your gut, your tummy….a nervousness that is not quite nausea. If it progresses the feeling may go into your chest resulting in: a sensation that your heart is beating too fast or your labor may become a little more shallow or faster. The feeling could also become a tension headache or pain in your neck or shoulders.
What triggers this anxiety? I am sure it varies for all of us. For me, I am very vulnerable when I am dealing with financial matters. It happens almost every time when I am paying the bills or looking over my bank statements (even when I have sufficient funds I experience this). I may experience the flutters if my boyfriend is in a bad mood or in his “cave” and I am making the mistake of taking his mood/behavior personally. I also get this uneasy feeling at times when I think of public education- for I am a teacher: I love working with children but there are many things I have to deal with in our public education system that gives me those anxious butterflies.
We are all human, and I am sure most of us will experience some kind of anxiety at some point. It may be when you have to perform like in a job interview or give a speech.
What I suggest is that we recognize these flutters when they first come on and then use some tools/strategies so that these initial anxious feelings do not fester and grow into something bigger (such as a panic attack, an illness, etc).
So, what to do when that initial flutter of anxiety is flittering in your tummy or making your heart pound just a little faster?
Debra : )