Anxiety is tricky.
Anxiety makes you think your worry and fears are real and inevitable.
Anxiety steals your peace of mind and enjoyment. The more you try to avoid it, the more it takes hold of you and infiltrates your thoughts and daily life. You cannot stop your thoughts from coming in no matter how much you try to think rationally. On some level, you believe that worrying about things prevents them from happening. Your friends and family may try to help by listening and disputing your fears, but the real change in your thinking must come from you.
That being said, not all anxiety is bad. Healthy anxiety is helpful. It can help you feel motivated to wake up for work on time, to make sure you pay the bills each month, to aspire for more, and to look both ways before crossing the street. We experience healthy anxiety as a way to push us to achieve and succeed. Unhealthy anxiety happens when the intensity and frequency of your worry and fear becomes unmanageable and overwhelming. It’s impacting your relationships, and phrases like, “don’t worry” or “it will be fine” coming from others do nothing to help.
Like depression, anxiety is on a spectrum.
For many people anxiety looks like:
- Feeling overwhelmed and out of control
- Concerns start with “what if” or “I should”
- Feeling pulled to say yes
- Seeking approval
- Over-analyzing & thinking too much
- Feeling never enough
- Constant comparison
- Quest for perfection
- Fear of failure or even success
- Lack of sleep
For others, anxiety comes in the form of panic attacks characterized by:
- Fear of dying
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness or pain in the chest
What are you struggling with?
- Relationship concerns
- Boundaries with family, friends, and work
- Saying “yes” even when you are over-committed and spread too thin
- Daily stress
- Physical Health concerns
- Endless to-do list
- Not enough time to do it all
- Social media comparison
- Comparison to your former self
- Job transition and uncertainty
Wherever you find yourself in life and on the spectrum of anxiety, therapy can help. Together, we will identify the things in your life which trigger anxiety, renew your thinking, reduce stress, and learn how to manage your worries. My job is to help you become your own therapist and giving you the tools to quiet your anxious thoughts and get you on your best path to experiencing enjoyment and peace of mind.
I utilize evidence-based practices such as Positive Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT) to bring about positive, lasting change. Find out more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (or CBT).
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