Is Anxiety Getting In The Way of Living Your Life To The Fullest?
- Do you feel constantly overwhelmed or worried about a number of different things, such as your career, relationships, self-worth, obligations, finances, health or parenting?
- Do you avoid certain social situations or ordinary encounters because you worry people are judging you?
- Are you concerned that anxiety is holding you back from achieving your potential and living a rewarding life?
- Do you wish you could relax more, feel less stressed, feel less panicky and live the life you want?
- Have you become so accustomed to living with anxiety that you can’t recall a time when it wasn’t there?
Coping with anxiety on an ongoing, daily basis can be exhausting. Part of this can be attributed to negative self-talk—that critical inner voice in your head—that always seems to pop up out of nowhere, reinforcing feelings of fear, self-doubt, anger, embarrassment or guilt. In other instances you may find your negative narrator critiquing you while you are actually experiencing an event, leading you to feel anxious, self-conscious, distracted, unfocused and generally uncomfortable in social situations. It’s also possible that your level of distress leads to you to have panic attacks. This can be very startling because they seem to come out of nowhere and are usually accompanied by physiological symptoms such as chest pain, sweating, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath and heart palpitations. As a result, you may stick close to home as much as possible, fearful of being overcome by a panic episode while you are out in public or in other social settings. Anxiety may even be causing you to lose sleep at night, ultimately making you feel foggier and more irritable throughout the following day.
Many People Struggle with Some Form of Anxiety
Anxiety is a normal human emotion that most people experience from time to time. Much has been written about the historical and evolutionary aspects of anxiety and its importance as a survival mechanism when our ancestors faced extreme danger. While anxiety may have served us well in the past, it has now become an enormous burden for a large percentage of the population. In our fast-paced modern world, it is not uncommon for people to worry about their career, their performance in a particular setting, finances, children, health, relationships and self-worth. Many people with anxiety frequently assume the worst outcome in any situation, despite evidence to the contrary.
While it’s normal to have “the jitters” or “butterflies” before a major public presentation, a job interview, an exam or a first date, some people experience more severe symptoms of anxiety or a feeling of dread that never seems to lift. Many of these individuals suffer for years before seeking any help. Sometimes people feel embarrassed or ashamed about having anxiety and thus instead suffer in silence. In the long run, fear and worry about the future —and your negative narrator— can get in the way of living the life you want, prevent you from challenging yourself in new situations and dampen your potential in many areas of your life.
If it feels like anxiety is getting in the way of your life, it may be time to seek out help. The good news is that when you work with an experienced therapist, you can learn how to recognize and alleviate your overwhelming symptoms and prevent future stress from holding you back in life.
Anxiety Counseling Can Help You Feel More Comfortable and More In Charge of Your Life
During our sessions, we will work together to understand how your anxiety shows up or how you get “triggered” by it. We will explore and maximize the strengths and resources you already possess that can help you overcome anxiety or anxiety-provoking situations now and in the future. I will help you identify and implement effective strategies and techniques that you can put into practice right away so that you can draw upon them in those moments and situations when your stress level increases.
After you have had an opportunity to implement some strategies and techniques for dealing with your triggers for anxiety, you may notice that your symptoms start to subside, depending on their severity. Through regular collaborative work in therapy, you can begin to understand how your anxiety affects you, learn to anticipate your anxiety triggers and begin to address and manage these triggers on your own, during the course of your daily life. Mindfulness-based guided meditations, deep breathing exercises, and visualizations are just some of the strategies and tools that we may use to help you manage your anxiety.
Depending on the severity of your anxiety, medication may help stabilize your symptoms until you are able to effectively manage symptoms on your own through therapy. Medication is a personal choice, and is one that is best explored with your providers to see if it is right for you.
I can imagine how difficult it is for you to live with anxiety. Even though you may feel hopeless about change and worry you may always struggle with its effects on your life, there is always hope for relief, and I would like to help.
What If I Still Have Questions or Concerns about Anxiety Counseling?
Do I really need treatment for anxiety? Can’t I just take medication?
Some people take medication to treat symptoms of anxiety and do fine without therapy. But therapy offers you the opportunity to learn to manage your stress and anxiety in ways that medication alone cannot. Through anxiety counseling, you will learn to rely on yourself to better mitigate and prevent your symptoms, ultimately helping you feel confident as you move forward in a calmer, more rewarding life.
What if therapy makes me even more anxious?
It’s quite common for most people to feel some uncertainty at the outset of therapy. Many people worry that once they start digging deeper into the causes or triggers to their anxiety, it will only make them feel worse. However, the truth is that our sessions will be tailored to your personal needs and interests, focusing on ensuring your comfort along every step of the therapy process. Instead of struggling to overcome the pain and frustration that comes with anxiety on a daily basis, anxiety therapy can help you implement some strategies and techniques to manage your immediate symptoms and gain lasting control over the stress and worry in your life.
I think therapy for anxiety might help me but I’m on the fence.
Still not sure? Feel free to contact me at 424-443-8548 for a no-cost, no-obligation 15-minute phone call. We can discuss whether therapy is right for you and how I can help you find the relief you need. Then, if you are interested, we can schedule an initial appointment. If at the end of your first session you feel that we are a good fit for each other, we can then schedule the next session.
Take The Next Step Toward A Calm And Confident Future
If you are ready to learn more about what contributes to your anxiety and gain both short and long-term relief for your symptoms, please call me at 424-443-8548 to schedule your free 15-minute phone conversation. You can contact me via this contact form to request a consultation or schedule an initial appointment. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about treating anxiety. I will respond to your voicemail or email as soon as possible, and within 24 hours (business days). If sending an inquiry by email, please limit your communications as email is generally not a secure or confidential medium.