Something is making us feel in danger
When we experience anxiety, we prepare a fight-or-fly reaction like in a life-threatening situation: the heart and breath rate are increased, digestion is blocked and sensitivity to environmental stimuli is increased.
We feel in danger without a real threat. This may be for a situation, an event or a life change that is truly happening or that is only imagined; mental images and ruminating thoughts not only put us on alert but also feed the and increase the anxious state.
As such, anxiety is a wakeup call warning that something is making us feel in danger. We must listen to this signal and pay attention to that. A therapist can help you to make sense of your sensations with no fear and understand how to feel safe again.