Anxiety is best understood by breaking it down into four different things.
- Anxious Thoughts
- Anxious Feelings
- Physical symptoms
Each of these occur when we are 'Anxious' and can be debilitating if the symptom is excessive. Beyond these four components, various kinds of anxiety disorders are also identifiable. Separation Anxiety Disorder, Selective Mutism, Phobias including Agoraphobia,Social Anxiety Disorder,Panic Disorder, Substance abuse related Anxiety Disorder, as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder. All of these disorders may manifest the above components pf thoughts, feelings, physical symptoms and avoidance.
For the most part, medical intervention may rely on anti anxiety medication. This practice uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness and a 'Busy Hands' approach to addressing the anxiety you may be experiencing.
Busy Hands - refers to utilizing the brain's often unconscious messaging to fidget. Finding purposeful and easy to access hand based activities can have a soothing and relaxing affect on feelings of anxiety. Such activities can include lego, knitting, crocheting, painting, drawing, making soft toys or wooden toys - in fact any repetitive and dedicated activity which can be easily accessed. Knitting is a case in point. This is an activity that can be undertaken without conscious attention for the most part. All of these 'Busy Hands' activities also have a productive outcome - e.g. a scarf, blanket or model, pot or toy etc; There are several benefits to this kind of activity.