Relief from Anxiety
How does your anxiety show up? Excessive fear and worry? Socially? Self-harming? Anger? Some degree of anxiety is normal and can be a protective mechanism. It can tell us when we're in danger and help us find safety. The problem is, for many of us this built-in protective mechanism is like a faulty over-sensitive car alarm that goes off with just a gentle breeze. The good news is that it can be reset.
I see anxiety as a powerful energy that is turned inward on ourselves, and when it's combined with our negative thought patterns and beliefs it can be paralyzing. As we begin working through your story and beliefs about yourself, that anxious energy can be transformed so that instead of being contained in our body and mind, it can be turned outwards into the world as an inspired and productive force that helps drive us to achieve our goals.
Common symptoms of anxiety:
- Excessive worry
- Fear of the future/unknown
- Panic attacks
- Trouble sleeping
- Physical symptoms such as excessive sweating, racing heartbeat, gastrointestinal issues
- Hair pulling
- Cutting or skin picking and scratching
- Substance use/abuse
Anxiety can show up for many reasons, and most people experience anxiety to some degree in their lives especially when asked to do something new or in front of a group. This is a very common type of performance anxiety which we all experience from time to time. However, when anxiety begins to interfere with your life and you find yourself avoiding situations that you know could be good for you, or if you find yourself withdrawing and avoiding life then it is a sign that your anxiety has become problematic and counseling may be a good option for you.
Anxiety can arise for many reasons. Early family of origin difficulties where caregivers were not always present or consistent, or where parenting was overly strict or lenient can give rise to anxiety. Situations such as parents divorcing, loss of a loved one, abuse or any number of unexpected or stressful events can also lead to anxiety. Again, most of us experience anxiety to some degree and if substances such as drugs or alcohol are used to mitigate these anxious feelings, they often perpetuate and worsen the anxious symptoms.
Working through unfinished business in therapy and learning ways to cope with the mental and physical sensations of anxiety are some of the things we can work on together. Additionally, mindfulness, tuning into the body, reconnecting with your spontaneous, joyful self, and learning effective communication tools will help you be on your way to moving forward in life the way you want to.
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