Are You Experiencing Anxious Feelings?
- Are you spending way too much time overanalyzing conversations you had with people and wondering if you should have said something else?
- Do you often second guess yourself?
- Do you feel like the amount of time and energy you spend feeling worried, fearful and apprehensive is taking away from the quality of your life?
- Are you doing well in your career, but still fear people will find out you’re an unqualified, incompetent imposter?
Anxiety can make the world seem like a frightening place, while dread makes life feel dark and despairing, to the point where all you want to do is just hide under the covers. Sometimes even the simple act of driving can feel dangerous. Relationships can feel exhausting and burdensome; your partner or friend doesn’t answer your call or text right away, and you might start to wonder whether something bad has happened or worry that they don’t care. Social anxiety can make what should be a pleasant time with people into a hellish experience. Perhaps you fear being judged and ridiculed by others or worry you’ll have a panic attack in public. If you’re having panic attacks, you’ll likely experience heart palpitations, breathlessness, sweating and sudden sensations of impending doom.
All of your worrying can cause you to feel emotionally drained; you long to just sleep, but find yourself replaying the day’s events over and over again in your mind, wondering whether you made a mistake at work or said the wrong thing to somebody, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep. You want to gain control over anxiety but haven’t been able to figure out how to do it.
Anxiety Is a Normal Response to Stress and Danger
Anxiety is both a healthy response to real danger and a byproduct of living in today’s busy and often overwhelming world.
A little anxiety is normal and can even be beneficial. It helps us learn from past negative experiences so that we don’t put ourselves in harm’s way again. It also motivates us to take action when, for example, we have to study for a test.
While some anxiety is healthy, too much anxiety can be debilitating. Your anxiety response can go into overdrive, causing your body to signal you’re in danger when you are not. Even if you logically know you’re not under threat, you may still have difficulty turning the anxiety response off.
People who suffer from anxiety often had anxious parents growing up, causing them to be anxious themselves. Because anxious children often become anxious adults, anxiety might have become a way of life for you. However, emotions like worry, fear and dread don’t have to continue to be your reality. Although it may not seem so now, you do have the internal resources to overcome your anxiety, and with the support of anxiety treatment it’s possible to discover a new way of living.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Get Your Life Back on Track
Anxiety treatment teaches you ways to calm and ground your body, creating a sense of internal safety. We can make use of what is called mindfulness, a technique that helps you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions and perceptions and their effect on your whole being. Whenever you are off and racing into an imaginary negative future event or begin imagining all the things that could go wrong, mindfulness can help you see that these are just stories and don’t exist anywhere except in your mind! The data on techniques like these is reassuringly good. Together we will explore anxiety thoughts, learn to tolerate anxious feelings, and help your nervous system feel more regulated so that you can feel you’re in control (but not needing to be in control all the time). This kind of treatment is a combination of learning practical techniques to get you through the scary parts, and understanding more about yourself and your body’s response, so that you won’t be be frightened by physical sensations.
You might have a sense of why you are anxious, but like most things, knowing why doesn’t always help that much. The body still feels afraid whether you know why or not. Here’s where anxiety treatment can intervene: it helps you focus on and manage body sensations, but also calms the mind, reassuring it that these are, in fact, just stories.
Perhaps you’re ready to give therapy a try but still have some questions and concerns…
I’m worried anxiety treatment might cause me to become more anxious. What if I have a panic attack?
Please know that I have never had a client get stuck in a panic attack. In fact, I welcome symptoms that come up in the safety of my office; they will allow you to have the experience of successfully calming yourself down using the techniques and strategies I have taught you and will help you not feel alone with your anxiety.
I’m afraid that anxiety treatment won’t be able to help me.
You won’t know until you try. Anxiety rarely resolves on its own, and actually feeds on itself and worsens over time. Treatment often begins alleviating symptoms fairly quickly, especially after you’ve learned how to calm and regulate yourself.
You Don’t Have to Live Your Life In Fear
You will find that I am a compassionate, attentive and easy person to talk to and that therapy is a special place that is very safe. I invite you to call me at 503-380-8586 for a free phone consultation, during which we can have a chat about anxiety treatment and see if we are a good fit.