Anxiety – its causes and how to control it | Mynurva


Most people feel anxious at times, this is perfectly normal. But if these feelings are very strong, last a long time or negatively impact your life then this isn’t normal and is known as anxiety.

Mynurva can help you get your anxiety, fear or stress under control. Our trained counsellors have helped others and can help you.


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what is anxiety

What is Anxiety

Anxiety starts in the mind but creates very real and tangible symptoms. These are driven by a chemical reaction in your brain that causes a higher heart rate, shortness of breath, delicate stomach, dizziness and sweaty, numb or tingling hands. Your anxiety-related physical symptoms are your body reacting as it should to a real threat. These are real, physical symptoms that can be measured.

Your body can’t tell the difference between an imagined threat and a real one – so it starts responding as if the threat were real, getting your body ready to ‘fight or flight’. The feelings you experience are a result of increased levels of oxygen being sent to your legs and arms so you can run and fight. This decreases the oxygen to other organs such as the stomach and parts of the brain – so you may feel sick and unable to think clearly.

The lack of oxygen to the brain can create more uncomfortable thoughts or feelings as well as physical symptoms, and these can include thoughts of not being able to cope, thinking you are about to faint or pass out, about to say something stupid, making you want to run away, feeling worthless or thinking whatever you do will be wrong..

These thoughts are unhelpful, and you may be aware of this.
But how do you stop them?

Help with Anxiety

The best way of coping with anxiety is to change the way you think, to recognise trigger factors and to have a plan to ensure your thoughts don’t allow the ‘anxious’ chemical reactions in the brain to start. This may be a mixture of different thought pattern responses and relaxation techniques, but the exact details will vary depending on you.

It might sound fairly straightforward but most anxiety sufferers need help to do this successfully. Counselling for anxiety is very effective and a trained therapist will help you find the mechanisms you need to reduce your anxiety

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Treatments for Anxiety

One of the most effective treatments for anxiety is talking therapy or counselling, especially when combined with lifestyle changes such as daily exercise, deep breathing exercises, mindfulness, yoga and relaxation.

There are self-help courses available and these are often prescribed by a GP. The material is often good but can be hard to understand and correctly process when you’re already anxious. Talking to a third party often provides a quicker response – either a trusted friend or a trained therapist.

Medication is usually only considered after counselling has been offered. Anti-depressants – such as an SSRA (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) that works by increasing the level of a chemical called serotonin in your brain – can take several weeks to work and can have similar side-effects to the symptoms of anxiety.

How can Mynurva help with Anxiety?

Our qualified counsellors can help you take control of your anxiety. The service is confidential and private and you don’t need to find your way to somewhere new – it’s via video in the privacy of your own home. You don’t need to go to a health centre or your GP. You won’t even need to take time off work as we provide appointments throughout the day, evenings and weekends.

Many of our clients have reported a significant improvement after the first session. Some of this may be the relief at finally having someone to listen and who understands. In subsequent sessions, our counsellors will help you build up a strong defence against the specific triggers of your anxiety.

Many who use Mynurva for help with anxiety start with a package of 6 weekly sessions. Some like to purchase a few extra or save a couple ‘for later’ if needed – and we provide this total flexibility.


We’ll help you find the tools to beat your anxiety – to be in control of it and not let your anxiety control your life.


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