Is Anxiety Keeping You From Living Your Best Life?
Are you feeling overwhelmed at work or home and can’t focus on the task at-hand? Has your anxiety gotten such a hold of you that you’ve entertained the thought of taking off from work or skipping out on social functions? Do you get triggered by stressful situations and have developed panic attacks?
Maybe you’re frustrated and don’t have support from family or friends. It may feel like nobody “gets” you. Or perhaps you’re afraid because you don’t understand what’s happening with you—Why am I so agitated these days, you might think. And you may worry about how your feelings of anxiety could impact your job, relationships, or school.
Dealing with anxiety symptoms isn’t easy. The effects of anxiety—fatigue, lack of concentration, irritability, and more—can leave you feeling restless and confused. Anxiety can prevent you from functioning at your full potential throughout the day. It can also impact your self-esteem—if you’re not able to perform your best, how could you possibly cultivate self-esteem from the positive affirmation of accomplishment.
But there is a way that you can start to feel like your former self again. Anxiety treatment can help you work through your challenges and can give you back control over yourself and your life.
Some 40 Million Americans Experience Anxiety Each Year
Many people in the United States suffer each year from symptoms of anxiety, the most common mental health disorder in the world. Anxiety is so common—affecting about 40 million adults1—because it’s triggered by something we all feel in life: stress.
Many scenarios can lead to anxiety. We may be overstimulated at work taking on more projects than we can handle. Add to this the stress we may face at home with a partner or children, and it’s only a matter of time before the last straw breaks the camel’s back. As a result, we too can break, and our mental and physical health can suffer. Or we may have a genetic predisposition, as a parent suffered from an anxiety disorder in our youth. As a result, we now have a higher likelihood of experiencing anxiety ourselves.
Anxiety symptoms can manifest themselves in a number of ways: physical symptoms, paranoid thinking, lack of sleep, extreme worry—just to name a few.
Overcoming anxiety becomes a challenge when we don’t have the right tools to address it. Left to our own devices, we might learn from a Google search to avoid caffeine or try yoga, but how can we truly heal ourselves without the expertise necessary?
You can start the healing process by finding the courage to accept what you might not know, and instead, turn to someone who is trained with the professional skills needed. An anxiety therapist experienced with the intricacies of anxiety can help you better understand how your anxiety presents itself, what causes it, and how to overcome it.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Take Ownership Of Your Life
It’s easy to think that time is the ultimate healer when it comes to anxiety, that sooner or later you’ll feel like yourself again. The reality is, however, that you have the best chance of overcoming challenges with a professional who is trained to identify causes and how to work through them.
As anxiety counselors, we recognize the benefit of therapy in providing you with the tools to do this. We encourage an empathetic and non-judgmental space where we listen intently to your experiences with anxiety. In our first session, we will ask you to complete a diagnostic assessment to learn more about your anxiety symptoms and individual background. This will help us to better understand you and develop a personalized treatment plan.
In ongoing sessions, we’ll address your anxiety using modalities such as psychoeducation, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), self-care planning, and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Psychoeducation uses learning as a coping tool. The more you know about anxiety and how your brain works, the more you’ll be able to accept your challenges to work through them. Working from a place of understanding will help you develop empathy toward yourself so that you can heal at your own pace.
During treatment for anxiety, we may use CBT to replace negative thoughts with more constructive ones to better shape your behavior. Self-care activities might include journaling, breathing exercises, or meditation—all evidence-based methods to lessen stress. And mindfulness-based stress reduction blends meditation, yoga, and self-awareness to explore thoughts and feelings without judgment and improve well-being.
We also differ from many therapists in that we help clients treat anxiety with the use of natural remedies, such as diet, exercise, and sleep. As a doctoral student, Dr. Diaz studied the benefits of using natural remedies for anxiety treatment and has helped many clients overcome their anxiety with the integration of these remedies.
The right treatment can help to lessen the effects of anxiety in your life. In fact, most who seek therapy benefit and feel that it has helped them to better manage their anxiety, along with symptoms such as panic attacks.
Ultimately, our goal is to help you build a new skill set that gives you more control in stressful situations and more focus in your daily life. With the right approach and our guidance, you can learn to use these tools to treat symptoms, heal yourself, and unleash your true potential.
But you may still have questions about anxiety treatment…
I don’t have the time.
Your time is valuable, and you shouldn’t waste it. But keep in mind, anxiety treatment puts your time to good use because it is an investment in a more productive future. Consider: what time will you gain in your work or home life by investing in therapy? Also, we’re typically able to significantly reduce anxiety symptoms in 4 to 6 sessions, so you can actually decide within a fairly short time if sessions are worth it. We also offer teletherapy, which can cut down on travel time as well, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I don’t have the finances.
If only more people were honest about finances; we commend you for this transparency. Your money is not something to take lightly. Luckily, we do have counselors that offer reduced rates and take various insurances, as well as HSA cards. So it is possible for you to get quality care without breaking the bank.
I feel like something is wrong with me for seeing a therapist.
Shame is a powerful emotion. It keeps you from sharing who you are and seeking help because you don’t want to seem like you lack control over your emotions. However, by considering therapy, you’re doing what so many in society don’t—finding the strength to be vulnerable enough to ask for help. Asking for support shows that you are mentally healthy enough to figure out how to overcome your anxiety with professional help. This is what is right with you, not wrong.
Take The Next Step To Get The Tools You Need To Heal Yourself
If you’re ready to start changing your life for the better developing the tools to use to face your anxiety, we invite you to schedule an appointment via phone at 727-422-0996 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Coordinator will be glad to answer any questions about the anxiety symptoms you may be experiencing.