Is Anxiety Impacting Your Ability To Feel Well And Function With Ease?
Do you feel overwhelmed, on edge or consumed with worrisome thoughts? Are you often anxious about what tomorrow holds, or find yourself frequently reviewing the past? Is it difficult for you to concentrate on responsibilities or stay focused when you are with family or friends? Have you noticed a shift in your eating or sleeping habits? Perhaps you have physical symptoms, such as a disproportionate sweating, increased heart rate, shortness of breath or a rise in blood pressure. Do you avoid social events or high-energy situations because you are concerned about the anxiety, panic, or lack of control you may feel? Are you struggling to keep yourself together in the face of your belief that everything could collapse at any moment? Do you wonder if it’s possible for you to experience balance, calm and joy?
When you live with anxiety on a daily basis, it’s often a frustrating, isolating and tiresome experience. Your level of stress may have become overwhelming, especially if you’re struggling to stay focused at work, feeling disconnected from loved ones or questioning if you’re doing every last thing right. Perhaps you’re often consumed with worry and lose sleep due to fearful thoughts. It might feel like you’re pressing the brakes and the gas at the same time, simultaneously feeling exhausted and on edge. It’s often common for family and friends to be unable to comprehend your level of anxiety, causing strain in these relationships, only increasing your drive to withdraw. When trying desperately to keep the balance between appearances and anxiety you can become exhausted. No matter how hard you try, deep down you may feel lonely, frightened and frantic for some form of aid.
Anxiety Is Increasingly Common In Our Culture
If you’re struggling with anxiety, you’re not alone. In fact, about 40 million adult Americans are diagnosed with anxiety. We live in a fast-paced society where there is a great deal of pressure to succeed, and the constant messages we receive through media, schools and the workplace further exacerbate the pressure. A very destructive result of this heightened stress level now-a-days is that it causes millions of individuals to have a false sense of reality and develop a perfectionistic mindset. Trying to keep up with these unattainable expectations leads people to feel exhausted and overwhelmed.
Anxiety can be triggered by a variety of issues. Symptoms can present from low-level feelings of nervousness to becoming so severe that people isolate for fear of panic. Some individuals are pre-disposed to anxiety, experiencing it throughout their lives. It can be a result of genetics or the type of upbringing they had. Sometimes anxiety presents after a trauma, loss or significant life transition.
While most everyone experiences some level of stress and anxiety, for others heightened anxiety and panic interfere with the ability to feel balanced and function normally. If you are continually faced with worrisome thoughts, struggling with sleep problems, experiencing panic attacks or suffering through each day, anxiety counseling can help you regain a calm center and get your life back.
You Can Gain Peace of Mind and Body with Effective Anxiety Treatment
The good news is that with the help of an expert and empathetic therapist, you can learn to manage and even overcome your anxiety, and start living a fulfilling and well balanced life.
In a confidential, safe and supportive space, one of our skilled therapists at West Hartford Holistic Counseling Center can help you uncover, explore and deal with what both triggers and feeds your anxiety. You can develop strategies to let go of negative, worrisome and anxiety provoking thoughts, learning to be present and mindful in the moment. You can learn to replace the destructive and consuming thoughts or habits that fuel your anxiety. In their place, you will develop healthy, effective tools to overcome your stress, while learning valuable techniques that can help you stay calm, balanced and grounded when overwhelming anxiety begins to set in. By reframing negative thoughts and using calming tools and techniques, you can begin thinking more thoughtfully, positively and realistically. You can begin to feel safe and at ease in each moment. Some techniques that are easy to master include:
- guided imagery
- deep belly breathing
- inner child work
With the guidance of your WHHC counselor, you will learn these exercises that can provide you with both immediate and sustainable relief. By developing a healthy thinking pattern, practicing healing techniques, learning to calm heightened emotions and releasing negative sensations from your body, you can live an empowered life free from the pain of anxiety.
With guidance and support, while using the appropriate techniques for you, peace is possible. You can learn to accept and manage your anxiety, experience more productivity in work and life, while deepening bonds with friends and family. You can begin to embrace the notion that everything is and will be alright.
Will I have to take medication to treat my anxiety?
Medication can help to lessen symptoms in cases of extreme anxiety. Some people need to relieve the extremes of their symptoms before they are able to constructively engage in therapy and other important aspects of their lives. Medication is not necessary for most people, and it should not be viewed as a long-term solution. Sometimes if a client has been suffering from depression for a while, our counselors may have them check out if they have a vitamin deficiency, which can often cause anxious feelings. We find practicing holistic care utilizing proven, non-medication approaches is the most beneficial approach to addressing anxiety with the ultimate goal of long-term, consistent relief.
I’ve heard that anxiety treatment can be a long process.
The length of anxiety treatment varies with each individual. At West Hartford Holistic Counseling, our initial goal centers around what you need immediately to begin feeling better—whether it’s improved sleep or developing a new perspective about a specific issue that is causing your worry, panic or fear. Once your most challenging symptoms have decreased, your therapist can help you address the root causes and triggers of your anxiety, which can promote long-term healing. The ultimate goals are to assist you in finding relief and developing strategies to use in your day to day life so you are empowered to address your anxiety on a day-to-day basis.
Please contact our office for a free 15-minute phone consultation. We look forward to discussing your unique needs and answering any questions you have about anxiety treatment and our approach and practice.