There comes a time where I have to stop and ask: "is this my anxiety talking?” Day to day, I watch as the world continues to go around me while I sit and ask myself this question. Everyday, I have struggled in every aspect of my life because I never know if this is in fact my anxiety talking. It wasn’t until recently that I realized it was the one guiding my mind for years.
Have you ever gotten butterflies in your stomach? I sure have. But how? We have a brain-gut connection called enteric or intestinal nervous system. This causes the butterflies but also has many different affects on the body. It also “disturbs the natural rhythmic contractions that move through your gut” (Bergquist). The body does strange things. So that feeling of butterflies, the sweating, nervousness, shaking, all comes from the same place that will push that stress and anxiety that you are feeling into your gut which can cause things like IBS (Irritable bowel syndrome).
For so long stress has been something we see as bad. We know that the side affects of stress can cause real life threatening problems, and too much stress could eventually lead to a heart attack, and even death. Why is that? Why do we picture stress as such a bad thing to have in our life? Maybe it is because everyone I have ever talked to about stress told me that is was bad, and I shouldn’t stress. But stress is inevitable. What am I supposed to do then?