Is Anxiety Diminishing Your Quality Of Life?
Do you often dwell on past social interactions, reviewing all of the different scenarios that could have occurred? Maybe you feel most anxious when you are under pressure to perform, such as during a test or work presentation. Are you overwhelmed with worry when you think about your family’s safety, your job stability or the uncertainty of the future? Perhaps you suffer from some of the physical symptoms of anxiety, such as digestive issues, a racing heartbeat, sweating, headaches, sleeplessness or fatigue. It’s possible that your heightened state of anxiety has made it impossible for you to enjoy your life in the moment. Do you avoid activities with friends, family or coworkers because you worry about what you will say or the potential dangers of attending? Have your family members expressed concern about your constant worrying? Do you wish you could live each day with confidence and peace of mind?
In addition to the struggle of living with overwhelming worry, anxiety can manifest itself in many other negative ways throughout your day. Racing thoughts at night may cause you to lose sleep, ultimately leading you to feel fatigued from the moment you get out of bed. You may struggle to stay on task at work because you are unfocused or disrupted by worrisome thoughts. In your personal relationships with friends and loved ones, your anxiety may distract you from engaging in meaningful interactions. You may even avoid social gatherings altogether, causing an even larger strain on your important relationships, as well of a sense of isolation and loneliness. The more you think about or analyze your anxiety, the more burdensome your feelings of overwhelming worry or dread may become. You may wonder if you have any hope to regain control of your thoughts and feel calm throughout the day.
It’s Very Common To Feel Overwhelmed With Anxiety
During many times in our lives, stress and worry can build up to the point where they are beyond our capacity to resolve on our own. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders affect about 18 percent of US adults. For some individuals, unresolved trauma and self-esteem issues are often at the root of anxiety. Another common contributor to modern day anxiety problems is the negative influence of media and social media. News programs that highlight the fear and chaos of the world may cause individuals to feel unsafe and worried even during routine daily activities. In addition, social media often paints a perfect picture of friends’ and family members’ lives. When people are exposed to too much social media, they may start to feel inadequate and worry about keeping up with a fast-paced, success-driven world.
The good news is with a well-rounded anxiety treatment approach, you can learn more about why you experience so much stress and take the steps to feel calmer and more resilient in the future.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Feel Calm And Resilient
During compassionate and nonjudgmental anxiety therapy sessions, you will gain a deeper understanding of your body’s responses to anxiety. Together, we will develop a plan that enables you to identify stress and regulate your symptoms in a healthy manner before it becomes overwhelming.
To help you find relief from your current symptoms of racing thoughts and oppressive worry, we will work with mindfulness-based approaches that can help you retrain your body and mind to better regulate your thoughts and emotions. Mindfulness practices, such as breathing exercises and meditation, are proven tools that can allow you to feel calm and in the moment.
If we determine that your anxiety is rooted in a mild or severe trauma from your past, we may also work with brainspotting. According to Dr. David Grand, developer of the technique, brainspotting works by utilizing your body’s unique ability to heal, allowing you to “activate, locate and process the sources of trauma and distress in the body.”
Both mindfulness-based approaches and brainspotting can also help you if you struggle with performance anxiety. In sessions, we can resolve emotional blocks and increase your tolerance to external stress, so even when you are under a lot of pressure to perform, you can still feel confident and calm.
You and I may also dig deeper into your thought processes to understand why your worrisome thoughts have built up and become overwhelming. By learning new ways to think about the situations that make you feel most anxious, you can free yourself from negative cycles of racing thoughts. To help you dig deeper into your thought process, we may incorporate journaling or reading exercises, depending on your interests.
Even though we all face anxiety in our lives, we do not need to allow it to control what we do or cause us pain. No matter how much of a burden anxiety has become in your life, change is possible. Anxiety treatment with a professional anxiety therapist can help you work with your mind and body to alleviate your worry and live a fulfilling, empowered life.
You may be interested in seeking treatment for anxiety, but still have a few questions and concerns…
I don’t know if my anxiety is harmful enough to warrant therapy.
Anxiety often comes in peaks and valleys. One day, you may be feeling relaxed and connected to your loved ones, and the next day, you may feel overwhelmed with worry and racing thoughts. While this pattern may not seem harmful because you enjoy momentary calm, it’s likely that you will continue to experience more painful and frequent symptoms when external stresses arise in your life.
With anxiety counseling sessions, you have the opportunity to learn more about the triggers to your anxiety and tune into your body to stop feeling stressed, panicked and fearful in the future.
What will my friends and family think of me attending anxiety therapy?
Your security and peace of mind are top priorities for me, and our sessions are confidential. My office is located in a very private setting, so you will not need to sit in a waiting room with many other people.
That said, because struggling with anxiety is so common, your trusted friends and family members would most likely be very supportive should you decide to tell them about your treatment. Overcoming anxiety is difficult to do alone. Finding the support you need outside of our sessions can prove to be a great resource when you encounter day-to-day stress factors.
Will therapy be worth my time and money?
Spending your time and money on treating anxiety is an invaluable investment. Not only can you relieve yourself of the daily burden of overwhelming thoughts and stress, but you may also find added benefits to treatment. For example, when you retrain your body and mind to be resistant to anxiety, you may feel more focused at work and more joyful when you spend time with the important people in your life. Anxiety treatment may also help you let go of your deepest fears – allowing yourself to try new activities and connect with others on a more thoughtful level.
Live Confidently With Peace Of Mind
If you are ready to learn more about why you experience excessive anxiety and take the necessary steps to find long-term relief, or if you have any questions or concerns about therapy and my practice, please call or email me to schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation.