“Every moment is a fresh beginning” – T.S. Eliot
Do you find yourself feeling crippled by anxiety? Without realizing it, anxiety can build up and take control of our lives by limiting our enthusiasm, preventing our concentration, and increasing fear. However, the existence of anxiety doesn’t mean that it isn’t manageable. Anxiety counseling is one way to take back your life and show anxiety who’s the boss!
Breaking The Taboo Of Anxiety
The recent pandemic has shone the spotlight on the reality of anxiety and how prevalent it is in our society. In fact, anxiety disorders affect approximately 40 million adults in the United States, making it the most common form of mental illness in the country.
Anxiety comes in different forms such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Social Phobia to name a few. For a long time, these issues have been hidden away behind the veil of shame or guilt. Instead, mental health struggles should be discussed and worked through. There should be no shame or limitation attached to living with anxiety – by breaking the taboo of anxiety and mental health challenges, they can be managed.
How Anxiety Affects Your Life
What happens when anxiety is pushed under the rug?
Everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives. However, chronic anxiety can obstruct the quality of life and even have serious physical consequences.
Some of these include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Panic attacks with physical symptoms such as heart palpitations and chest pain
- Headaches (such as stress-headaches)
- Onset of depression
- Upset stomach
- Loss of libido
- Intense fatigue
- Increase in blood pressure
- Muscular pains
There are several practices and ways to work through the symptoms of anxiety and help to get it under control. Such as meditation, taking deep breaths, using aromatherapy, and identifying your triggers. Some of these are easy to do, others require a bit of personal investment. Professional counseling is another way to cope with anxiety and take back control of your life.
How Can Anxiety Counseling Help
The good news is that there are ways to deal with anxiety, and you don’t need to struggle alone. Anxiety counseling with a professional is an effective option to help you overcome the stress and worries associated with anxiety.
Anxiety counseling offers value in several ways. Here are just a few of them.
A Safe Space
We often avoid discussing issues that trigger anxiety. This could be for several reasons including a protective mechanism, concern for being judged, and general fear. A professional counselor will provide a safe space where you can talk about anxiety and related issues without any stigma.
Identifying A Treatment Focus
Anxiety is caused by a variety of different factors. Additionally, while some people may have deep-seated traumas, others may be triggered by certain behaviors that challenge their personality type. A professional will help guide you to understand your triggers and how best to manage them.
Perspective To Move Forward
In many instances being consumed by anxiety goes hand-in-hand with losing perspective. Anxiety counseling helps to move beyond the disruption and develop solutions for moving past these problems.
Regain Self Confidence
Anxiety can have a serious effect on one’s self-esteem and confidence. Moreover, it challenges the belief that you have in your capabilities and questions your value. Counseling helps you learn the skills needed to listen to the truth of your value and not the lies that anxiety tells you.
The combination of a safe space, identification of a treatment focus, and the honing of skills needed to gain perspective and confidence are all offered by an anxiety counselor. Their gentle guidance will nudge you in the right direction to clarify your value and dreams, and help you realize how to achieve them.
Talk Therapy And Anxiety Counseling
Sometimes, all it takes is one brave step to change your world. Anxiety counseling is one way to take back your life and work toward achieving your dreams with confidence. Learning to love yourself is not always easy and that’s why we offer a P.S. Love Yourself Program which compliments anxiety counseling.
To find out more about how Priya can help you take the reins and drive towards a positive future, call us at 954-806-5569.