Anxiety often comes from fear. Fear is a natural and helpful response to protect us from danger. In the past, we had to protect ourselves from predators, and the fear response caused our bodies to produce adrenalin, raising our heartbeat and breathing in readiness to run away from danger. Nowadays we don’t have predators in the same way, but our fear instinct still exists, and can be triggered by people, situations, judgements from others (and ourselves), guilt, and anything we see as fearful. As we can’t rectify the situation by running away, we may internalise these feelings and suffer with anxiety. We can feel we are about to lose control, embarrass ourselves, pass out or even die. In counselling we can explore where these feelings are coming from, what other things they may be connected to, and work towards changing your responses and finding a more relaxed way of being.