Anxiety is an essential part of life: it is our evolutionary “fight or flight” response to a stressful or dangerous situation.
Anxiety becomes excessive if we stay on high alert – in “flight or fight” mode – with more frequency or severity with no obvious trigger. It can cause panic attacks and exacerbate IBS symptoms. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has caused many people to struggle to manage their health anxiety.
Sasha found meetings at work extremely stressful particularly when she felt under pressure to contribute. She found it difficult to sleep the night before important meetings. Her mind would be occupied with thoughts of how to avoid the meeting. During the meeting, her heart would race so much that she sometimes thought she was having a heart attack.