Anxiety; a blessing and a curse.
Anxiety in history
Historically, anxiety has been one of humankind's unique survival mechanisms. Anxiety helped us to develop an awareness of direct and indirect threats, seen and unseen, that kept us alive during times of famine, conflict, and sabretooth tigers.
Throughout history, heightened anxiety (including panic attacks) was dubbed "hysteria", and could often land you in a trial for witchcraft or more recently, an asylum.
Thankfully we've had some social progression since then, and we don't have sabretooth tigers anymore. So why are we still anxious?
Our brain on anxiety
While not fully understood, anxiety is thought to be partially triggered by overactivity in two key areas of our brain; the amygdala and hypothalamus. These regions are responsible for controlling the circulation of cortisol and adrenalin in our bodies.
When we have high levels of cortisol and adrenalin, we place our minds and bodies in a constant state of "fight or flight".
This was especially helpful when humans had to avoid being trampled by wooly mammoths. It's not so helpful when you're trying to get through a modern day Tuesday.
Anxiety & our bodies
Anxiety is a physiological state characterised by cognitive, somatic, emotional and behavioural components.
These components combine to create what we typically recognise as fear, apprehension or worry.
Anxiety can be accompanied by heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, difficulty breathing and headaches.
Blood pressure rises, heart rate increases, we begin to sweat. This is followed by our immune and digestive systems coming to a halt as our body prepares to fight or flight.
So what do we do about it?
Needless to say, the neurochemical basis of anxiety is far from simple. Relief and coping mechanisms will vary person to person, and what works for one may not work for another.
That being said, there are steps you should take before incorporating any type of medication or supplement into your routine.
Our diet, environment, exercise levels and lifestyle choices can massively influence anxiety levels. Changes in our body can result in changes in our minds,
Anxiety relief can come in many forms.
Cam and Dan, the founders of Trifecta, began looking at alternative options for managing stress and anxiety after seeing first-hand the side effects of current pharmaceutical options.
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Our health is our responsibility. We believe that through education, we become empowered to make informed decisions about our health.
If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic symptoms of anxiety or depression, please contact a trusted health practitioner or doctor. No advice on the internet is substitute for the advice of a qualified health practitioner.
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