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Do You Feel Too Anxious To Slow Down And Enjoy Life?

Are you struggling to navigate an uncertain future? Do you lack self-confidence and worry that other people perceive you as a failure? No matter what you do, does it seem like you can never stop second-guessing yourself?

Dealing with anxiety can feel like you’re living at a thousand miles per hour. You may suffer from physical symptoms like rapid heartrate, nausea, and sleep troubles. Perhaps you freeze up in social situations and struggle to make new friends. Some days, you may feel too anxious to even leave your house—the fear of judgment is too strong. You may ask yourself: What’s wrong with me? Why can’t I just loosen up and live life like everyone else? What will it take to break out of my shell?

Anxiety Isn’t Just Hard—It’s Lonely

Oftentimes, the hardest part of living with anxiety is how it can affect your social life. If you’re scared to be vulnerable or express yourself, you may withdraw from others and keep to yourself most of the time. Your anxiety makes you isolate and vice versa—the more you keep to yourself, the scarier the world outside becomes. The more you ignore your stressors, the more insurmountable they seem. This creates a vicious cycle of fear, loneliness, and despair.

If you want to stop ignoring your anxiety but every attempt to break out of your shell makes you feel worse, we encourage you to take heart. Here at Serenity Wellness & Counseling, our goal is to help you work through your fears in safe and manageable way.

 

The Whole World Is Suffering Through A Time Of Intense Stress

Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in the United States, affecting about one in five Americans every year.[1] In many ways, the predicament of anxiety in our society is only natural. We live in a busy, fast-paced culture that prioritizes productivity over relaxation. We are surrounded by media 24/7—media that is often littered with negativity and fearmongering. Little wonder, then, that so many of us are stressed out.

In the wake of a global pandemic, there are new health concerns that add to the global phenomenon of anxiety. As a result, many people have been forced to isolate and spend more time away from loved ones. The more disconnected they are, the fewer resources they have for dealing with mental health issues. Anxiety thrives in isolation, a fact that has become even clearer since the onset of COVID-19.

Most Of The Popular Strategies For Dealing With Anxiety Only Treat The Symptoms

If you’re reading this page, you’ve probably already tried different strategies for treating your anxiety. You may have tried breathing exercises, read self-help books, or taken up a new hobby. While there’s nothing wrong with these activities, they don’t address the root of your anxiety. They treat your symptoms, but not the core thoughts and beliefs driving your emotional distress.

Therapy is a chance to dive deeper and get to the source of this distress. With our help and support, we believe you can figure out what’s triggering your anxiety and live with more clarity and assurance.

 

Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Get To The Root Of Your Stress

Anxiety has a way of talking you out of seeking help. The thought of going to therapy may provoke your social anxiety and make you worry about how others will see you. At Serenity Counseling & Wellness, you don’t have to worry about being judged or saying the wrong thing. We are here to listen to you, validate your fears, and empathize with your pain. Our approach to the healing process is skills-based, trauma-focused, and deeply compassionate.

Anxiety treatment with us is a dance between the past and the present. Sometimes we may focus on past experiences and potential trauma to determine the root of your anxiety. Other times, we may concentrate more on the here and now to improve your window of tolerance. We want to get to the core of your emotional distress, but we also want to give you coping skills for regulating painful emotions. Through mindfulness practices like meditation and breathwork you can become more connected to your body and increase your ability to tolerate stress.

Tailoring Your Treatment Plan

One of the main approaches we use to treat anxiety is called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). This approach looks at the past events that led to negative beliefs about yourself and created the triggers and stressors you experience today.

Through visual and auditory cues like tapping and side-to-side eye motions, EMDR therapy can help you become more in-tune with the bodily sensations of anxiety. After all, the body is the storehouse of past trauma. Becoming more connected with it can help you work through past pain while staying grounded in the present.

Additionally, we often draw from an approach called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). While EMDR works closely with the body, CBT is more focused on the mind. The goal of CBT is to identify the negative cognitions at the root of your anxiety (e.g., “I’m not good enough” or “I’ll never succeed in life”) and restructure your thoughts. Doing so can help you improve your mood and feel more confident in social situations.

With the right help and support, it is possible to thrive in spite of anxiety. By exploring the root of your stressors and strengthening your window of tolerance, we believe we can help you manage your symptoms and feel more at ease in your own skin.

 

You May Have Some Questions About Anxiety Treatment

Am I never going to feel anxious again?

Not only is curing anxiety unrealistic, but it’s also not ideal. Anxiety serves a protective function—it is a survival instinct designed to keep you safe and alert. Sometimes this instinct can work in your favor. If you have a big test coming up, a little anxiety can help you get motivated and be prepared. The problem arises when anxiety spirals out of control and takes over your life. In treatment, our focus is on regulating your anxiety so that it is tolerable and does not impact your social life or ability to enjoy yourself.

How long will anxiety counseling take?

The length of treatment varies case-by-case. Oftentimes, it depends on what you’re looking for. If your goal is to find practical everyday solutions for de-stressing, you may only need a few sessions. But if you want to explore anxiety on a deeper level and work through past trauma, the healing process may take longer. Regardless, it’s important to be patient with yourself. No one can heal from anxiety overnight—the most worthwhile change often takes a long time to reach fruition.

What if talking about my anxiety makes it worse?

Just as treating a wound can temporarily exacerbate your pain, confronting your anxiety can be stressful. That’s why we want to help you develop coping skills that you can use if you feel anxious. Therapy is a journey of self-exploration, but it’s also a time to find relief. As we dig deeper to learn more about your struggles, we will help you self-regulate and add to your toolbox of skills.

Let Me Help You Feel More Confident In Your Own Skin

No matter how anxious you feel, it is possible to improve your confidence and experience peace of mind. To begin your journey of healing and empowerment, you can call me at 281-944-SWCC for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I look forward to working with you!

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