How can I manage anxiety?

Updated: Jan 27, 2021

You've probably tried managing anxiety in a number of ways before seeking out professional help.


Talking with friends...

Trying self-help books...

Avoiding stressful situations...

Listening to music...

You may even have tried out medication...


I assume that if you are here, you will be wondering why this is happening to you, and what you can do to improve. Many people approach me, asking themselves those 2 questions. To answer thoroughly, without boring you too much with therapy jargon, let me tell you a story.

Imagine that anxiety works like a smoke detector. It is good to have it (except when it goes off just because you burned toast, and you have to get on a chair rip it off the ceiling)


Well, this applies to anxiety too. It signals when there is danger out there, in order for us to respond to that situation. Anxiety is an adaptive response to danger. Moderate levels of anxiety would be like a smoke detector that is working properly. It warns you that something is happening, so that you prepare, and this is very useful and necessary to survive.


What happens when it's not just moderate... when it becomes overwhelming?


If your alarm goes off constantly, at inappropriate times, or if it won't stop when it needs to stop, it's a sign that there's something to fix. Why seek help from a therapist?

In many cases, you can fix your alarm yourself, but if you have already looked for several alternatives to repair your alarm, talking to an expert will help you identify the different ways to repair it, since they have a lot of experience, and specialized training to understand how works.


So let's get to the point.


Therapy can help to uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears. You can learn how to regulate your emotions, soothe yourself, look at situations in a new, less frightening way, and develop better coping skills and make the changes you need in your life to target the cause, not the symptom.


What are some ways to treat anxiety?


The 3 most effective ways to treat anxiety are the 3 M's

Medication

Mindfulness

Mindset changes... (A.K.A Therapy)


I can help with the second and third. Through psychotherapy and mindfulness, you can learn new skills to manage your anxiety effectively.


If you are feeling...

  • Nervousness, restlessness or tension

  • Feelings of danger or panic

  • Fast breathing

  • Sweating

  • Trembling

  • Weakness

  • Difficulty thinking clearly

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Obsessions about certain ideas

  • Anxiety about something traumatic that happened in the past

You're not alone. I invite you to contact me today for a free consultation.



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