Is anxiety running your life?
- Do you seem to worry about everything, even the little things?
- At times your hand’s sweat, your heart races, and you have pains in your chest.
- You procrastinate and avoid the things that make you anxious.
- Is it hard to turn your mind off?
- Do you freeze up in social situations? Your mind shuts down and you just don’t know what to say.
- Are you so full of worry that it makes you feel like you can’t handle any extra stress?
- Are you irritable and easily angered?
What is anxiety? Anxiety is like a warning system that helps us know that there is something important and potentially stressful that we need to pay attention to. It is a part of how we respond to situations that we have some worry or nervousness about.
If you are in a new or stressful situation it is not unusual to feel nervous or anxious. Going on a date with someone for the first time, making an important presentation at work or school, or facing conflict in a relationship, can make you anxious. It can help you to think about what is coming up, and prepare yourself to deal with it more effectively. An example might be spending more time to prepare for an important job interview. Anxiety can be a part of what motivates you to succeed at your goals; a bit of anxiety can be adaptive.
Most of the time anxiety will pass and you will start to feel better. You will look back and be able to see what caused your anxiety. But sometimes it is hard to know what is causing you to feel anxious. Maybe you never seem to feel settled or relaxed. Is it hard to overcome the situations that are contributing to your anxiety? If you don’t start feeling better after a while, this can be a sign that you could benefit from seeing a therapist for your anxiety.
Signs that You May Benefit from Therapy for Anxiety
Common symptoms of anxiety:
- Worrying about everything
- Having difficulty breathing, a racing heart, and panic attacks
- Avoiding people and situations that make you nervous
- Trouble thinking clearly and concentrating
- Not being able to shake the feeling that something bad will happen
DEALING WITH ANXIETY
Almost anything can become a trigger for anxiety. Socializing with people you don’t know, making presentations at school or at work, difficult relationships, or uncertainty about your job, can all be sources of anxiety. People sometimes become anxious when they have gone through a big change in their life, like ending a relationship or retiring from work. Other people become anxious when they experience strong emotions like anger or sadness.
If your anxiety is really stubborn or is interfering with your life you may have already sought help from your Family Doctor or a Psychiatrist. You may have been told that you have an Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety or a Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Perhaps you are taking medications to help with your anxiety.
Your anxiety might be less severe than this but still be very bothersome. Are you noticing that your anxiety is interfering with you achieving your goals? Are you doing well overall but wanting to uproot the anxiety that still shows up in your life? Research shows that psychotherapy can be an important part of learning how to deal with anxiety.
GETTING AT THE ROOTS OF ANXIETY
Having anxiety can lead to a vicious cycle. If you are anxious a lot or are under stress it is hard to make good decisions and be effective at work or in your relationships. This can lead you to feel even more anxious, worried, and even unhappy. It can be very frustrating! Do you see that the resolve and motivation to keep working on getting over your anxiety sometimes isn’t there? It can be hard to know how to turn things around.
You might be a person who has already learned a number of ways to deal with your anxiety. You no longer have panic attacks and you have found ways to get by in life. But the anxiety is still there.
In these situations, it can be helpful to look at what is at the roots of the anxiety. This requires seeing the anxiety as a symptom of a deeper problem. Going beyond the anxiety and deeper into your experience can help you uproot the sources of your anxiety. It can be hard to do this on your own. This is when therapy for anxiety can be helpful.
The Benefits of Depression and Anxiety Counselling:
- Deal with the daily life without constant worry and fear
- Interact with people with more confidence and ease
- Become resilient; a person who can roll with life’s ups and downs with less anxiety
- Develop effective ways of coping with stress
- Know how to manage your anxiety and panic
- Find ways to face the things you are avoided
- Overcome procrastination
You don’t have to be trapped in constant stress, worry, and fear. There are ways to tame your anxiety and live your life more fully. Do you have questions about how I work or if my approach to dealing with anxiety will be a fit for you? Then contact me to book your free 20-minute consultation.
….You can overcome feeling miserable!
- Imagine waking up feeling rested and looking forward to your day.
- See yourself feeling more comfortable in social situations and improving your relationships.
- Picture what it would be like to find excitement and pleasure in your life.
- Imagine what it would be like to live without dread and gloom hanging over you.
You don’t have to go through this difficult time alone. Even if you feel bad right now, with appropriate anxiety counselling you can work toward feeling better again. We can work together to help you achieve your recovery. If you are ready to start tackling your anxiety CONTACT ME to make an appointment.