Anxiety can feel like an unbeatable force that affects multiple aspects of your life. This is because anxiety affects how you think, how you physically feel, and how you act. Your anxiety is probably getting in the way of how you’re doing at work, how you’re getting along with your family and friends, and stopping you from achieving your goals. When anxiety is seeping into so many parts of your life you can feel like anxiety has taken over.
Anxiety Affects Your Thoughts
Anxiety can bring an overwhelming feeling of constant worry and fear along with thoughts that you wish you could run away from. It is common for people experiencing anxiety to express some of the thoughts below:
“I feel out of control”
“I don’t feel present in my life”
“I am always waiting for the other shoe to drop”
“I feel like I am going crazy”
“I don’t feel like myself”
When you experience anxiety, negative and irrational thoughts can flood your mind and feel overpowering. If they are running through your head on a constant loop they can leave you feeling very frustrated and even irritable.
Anxiety is worrying about what will happen in the future with the expectation that something bad could happen. Do you ever feel like you expect the worst to happen? Have you ever noticed that the thoughts that make you feel most anxious can sometimes start with the phrase “what if”?
A question like “what if” can quickly snow ball into numerous negative thoughts that make you overwhelmed, nervous, and exhausted. Have you ever lied in bed dreading what will happen tomorrow? Your anxiety might have even gotten so out of control that you started avoiding things you need to do, or to participate in things you used to enjoy.
Anxiety Affects You Physically
Anxiety can wreak havoc not only on your mind but your body as well. People who experience anxiety often complain about not feeling physically well. Below are some ways that anxiety can manifest itself in physical ways. Ask yourself the following questions to see whether anxiety has been affecting you physically.
- Have you ever noticed that you can feel utterly drained of energy? Like you ran a marathon at the end of the day?
- Do you ever feel muscle soreness or muscle tension in your body?
- Does your stomach feel like it is doing cartwheels or you have butterflies when you are anxious?
- Do you ever have difficulty sleeping?
- Do you have chest pains or feel tightness in your chest?
- Has your appetite been lower than usual?
- Do you get stomach discomfort? It can even manifest as nausea or diarrhea in some people.
- Do you ever notice you have shortness of breath or have difficulty breathing?
You Can Learn How to Overcome Anxiety
The good news is that anxiety does not need to keep ruling your life!!! In counseling you can learn how to stop anxiety from attacking your mind and body. I am not the kind of therapist in which you will sit on a couch and just vent about your feelings and how your day went. I want to arm you with solution focused and effective techniques to combat your anxiety. In our sessions together, I will teach you how to challenge and change the negative thinking you have been engaging in which caused your anxiety.
During our sessions you will learn techniques, and then on your own for homework you will apply those techniques in your daily life. Don’t worry, I will break them down into simple steps so you won’t get overwhelmed. I will help you easily apply them into your daily life and create a routine so you have the greatest chance for success.
I want you to think of me as a personal trainer that you have hired to get your mind into the best shape possible. Just like a personal trainer, I will teach you specific techniques you need to whip your “brain muscle” into shape. I will be there to cheer you on and give you support every step of the way. I specialize in using a type of therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which is based on scientific evidence and research. Numerous research studies have shown that it is highly effective in treating anxiety. Read below to understand the benefits you will gain from us using this approach together in counseling.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques Will Help You:
- Become aware of the negative thoughts that have been holding you back and causing your anxiety
- Challenge and replace those negative thoughts
- Create new thoughts that are more positive, rational, and based in the present moment
- Interrupt and stop your thoughts when they are racing and spiraling out of control
- Stop engaging in behaviors that lead you to avoid the things you need to do and want to do
- Learn relaxation and meditation skills that will relieve the emotional and physical discomfort that anxiety causes
Imagine How Good It Will Feel When….
- Your body is free from tension and physical discomfort, and you can just RELAX!
- You sleep great throughout the night
- You are performing at your best at work and at home
- You no longer have constant negative thoughts, and instead have peace of mind
- Avoidance is no longer a part of your life, and you are capable of doing all the things you want and need to do
- You feel fully present in your life
- Anxiety is no longer limiting you and you have control of your life
If you are ready to learn the techniques to overcome anxiety and take control of your life, contact me to schedule an appointment and let’s get started!