Does the pressure you feel from your daily tasks and responsibilities make your mind race out of control?
When anxiety is present you can find yourself worrying all the time with an unpleasant anticipation about many facets of your life - money, family, health, and work. You expect the worst on a regular basis and you may find you have trouble concentrating and focusing.
You may even worry about how much you worry.
There are easy to learn tools and techniques you can use to slow down your mind, ease your anxiety, put things in perspective and help you feel back in control.
Working together we will:
- Identify the sources of stress in your life
- Discover ways to reduce anxiety that work with your lifestyle
- Create healthy behaviors to relieve stress and anxiety
In therapy we will explore effective stress management techniques that can assist you in stepping back into the life you desire. Together we can lessen the control anxiety has on your daily experience allowing you to relax, focus, release tension, and even simply breathe again.
When you feel anxiety is taking over your life you may go through the day filled with exaggerated worry and tension, even though there is little or nothing to provoke it. You find yourselves anticipating disaster and are overly concerned about health issues, money, family problems, or difficulties at work. Sometimes just the thought of getting through the day can make your heart race and your thoughts spiral out of control.
Some of the challenges that accompany anxiety can make you expect disaster at all turns and you can't stop worrying. Daily life becomes a constant state of stress, fear and dread. Sometimes the anxiety can become so powerful that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities and relationships. When struggling with anxiety it is hard to quiet concerns, even though you may realize that the anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants.
Physical symptoms that accompany stress and anxiety include fatigue, headaches, muscle tension, muscle aches, difficulty swallowing, trembling, twitching, irritability, sweating, nausea, lightheadedness, having to go to the bathroom frequently, feeling out of breath, and hot flashes. It may seem impossible to relax; you may startle easily, and have difficulty concentrating. Often you may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep.
If you think you have anxiety and find that it is interfering with your life, the first person you should see is your family doctor. A physician can determine whether the symptoms that alarm you are due to a medical condition.
The next step in addressing anxiety when you find the symptoms are interfering with your personal, social, or professional life is psychotherapy. Through therapy you will learn to face the fears and anxiety that are part of the stress cycle. You and I will explore the catalyst for your anxiety in a supportive environment as well as manage the stress in a healthy way to maintain your physical and emotional well-being.
We will create an individualized plan combining anxiety management skills, relaxation techniques, stress reduction tools, meditation, and exercise to enhance your ability ability to work effectively in the process of therapy and relieve stress and anxiety in your day to day living.