Living with anxiety can be very draining and frustrating. It can also affect your physical health if prolonged as well as more debilitating psychological issues, such as stress and depression.
- Are you worrying excessively over everyday things?
- Do you feel “keyed up” and find it difficult to relax?
- Is it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep?
- Do you have headaches, muscle aches and/or stomach aches?
- Do you feel as though anxiety is limiting you from living your life?
- Do you ever wish that you can find calm, peace of mind and freedom from worry and negative thinking?
No matter how hard you try, you may find that you just can’t stop the worry and negative thinking. Maybe you just can’t shut it off. You may feel that you live your life in a constant state of worry or fear, always on guard, expecting that something bad will happen. Concentrating may be difficult because you feel the anxiety is all-consuming and dominating. You may even find yourself doing things in a certain way to ward off something bad from happening. You might know that the thoughts are irrational and the worry is out of proportion. But despite this, the feelings and fear may feel very real indeed. And perhaps you know that the things that you fear typically don’t happen. You might even berate yourself for not being able to control the worrying and negative thoughts. To add to all of this, maybe you are beginning to lose interest in the things that you once enjoyed doing. You may feel as though you are living in a prison and that your peace of mind and well-being has been stolen from you.
ANXIETY IS VERY COMMON AND SOME ANXIOUS THOUGHTS ARE EVEN HELPFUL.
Anxiety is a normal response to danger or a threat. It is a protective mechanism that is triggered when we face danger. A physiological response, known as the “fight/flight” response, takes place in the body to prepare us to fight for our lives or flee. It is a protective response that we want to activate when we are faced with real danger. Unfortunately, it can kick in when there is no real danger at all and re-occur for no apparent reason. This is when Anxiety becomes a nuisance because it gets in the way of what you want to do or feel.
At times, everyone worries about things: job, health or finances. Everyone experiences anxiety. Some amount of anxiety can be expected before you give a speech or go for a job interview. Some degree of anxiety can actually be helpful in certain performance situations. However, sometimes, anxiety can grow overwhelming.
When a loved one is late coming home, people without anxiety might think they were delayed at work or perhaps got stuck in traffic or maybe needed to stop at the store to pick up something. A person suffering with anxiety fears the worse and immediately begins to think of all of the horrible possible scenarios. As the fear grows overwhelming, that person may actually call the police or visit the emergency room, convinced that something terrible has happened. This pattern can be broken. When anxiety occurs frequently for no apparent reason, is long-lasting and begins to interfere with your normal life, it may be time to seek help.
ANXIETY TREATMENT CAN HELP YOU CALM YOUR ANXIOUS MIND.
The mind-body connection is very powerful. What we think and say to ourselves can have a direct effect on how we feel. Your body can respond to the worrying and negative thoughts with headaches, muscle aches, digestive problems and other stress related symptoms. You don’t have to live your life this way. You can learn to change your thoughts and stop the worry.
Using a combination treatment approach, which includes Positive Psychology, Person Centred Therapy, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Mindfulness, I can help you use your own mind to get relief from anxiety. Often, there are underlying issues causing your worry, and my approach is a gentle, yet powerful way to help you do the inner healing that is necessary for change. I have helped many people break the cycle of worry and negative thinking and get relief from anxiety.
One of my clients came to me because of the constant negative thinking that she was having. She told me that negative thoughts would come into her mind and then they would stay there, and she would just dwell on them all day and feel awful. After we worked together in anxiety treatment, she told me that, at times, negative thoughts would still come into her mind, but then they would float right out. She found that they no longer lingered. She told me it was such a wonderful relief!
Anxiety disorders are one of the most common reasons people seek counselling. I specialize in helping people get relief from anxiety. Using effective techniques that work, I will develop an anxiety treatment plan that is individualized for you. I have helped many people break free from the endless worry and find joy and happiness in their lives. You, too, can feel better and move through your days without the heaviness of anxiety.