Do you ever feel like a fish out of water?
When you suffer from anxiety, many areas of life cause apprehension and bothersome thoughts that are incredibly difficult to control – finances, health, relationships, punctuality, performance, and so on.
You are always on high alert, which may feel like being constantly stalked by an invisible predator. It’s draining.
People tell you to relax. Stop worrying. Just be happy!
But this is all unhelpful and rather annoying advice.
Anxiety is a demanding and tiresome feeling.
Maybe you felt irritable and had a low mood when you were younger. And over time, these feelings shifted into despair, hopelessness, and anger.
You are actually fearful lately… becoming more and more aware of your anxious thoughts. You constantly analyze and then over-analyze, worry, critique, and even dread having a full-on panic attack.
The day-to-day tasks feel overwhelming, energy is in short supply, and relationships feel like way too much work. Interest in things that once gave you pleasure is now lost, and your dwindling motivation is affecting your work, appetite, and sleep.
It is part of life to feel anxious.
Job changes, taking exams, financial concerns, relationships, raising children, and many more situations can all lead to that fluttery, heart-pumping anxiety. This is a normal body-brain response that helps give you a boost of adrenaline and alertness when the circumstances call for it.
That fight/flight system is meant to throttle off when we aren’t in “danger.” But sometimes, that temporary vigilance doesn’t recede – it remains persistent, gets worse over time, and begins to interfere with your daily life.
This is considered chronic anxiety, and therapy can – and will – help to free you from its paralyzing grip.
Feeling sad and depressed is also a part of life.
Not getting that promotion you wanted, having a fight with a loved one, or losing someone or something you were attached to are all enormous blows to the heart and rightfully cause bouts of sadness. A blue mood, feeling lazy, and wanting to be left alone to do nothing but sleep and wallow in your grief is OK… for a short while.
We all need time to work through our sorrows; however, if the gloomy and despondent mood persists and disrupts your daily life and relationships, then it is time to make a change.
Therapy will guide you to new ways of processing old information to find light where you previously saw only darkness.
Anxiety and Depression are sometimes referred to as fraternal twins.
And as a twin myself, I can relate to this! While they are two unique and wholly different emotions, they often intertwine and affect one another.
Untreated anxiety may often result in depression. And depression may cause you to isolate yourself, which can cause anxiety whenever you are required to interact outside of your comfort zone.
This cycle can be broken.
Together, we will work toward a sense of inner control.
You will learn new ways to think, react, and behave in anxiety-inducing situations. We’ll modify your negative thought patterns to combat depression and anxiety.
Finally, you’ll be able to return to the activities you have been avoiding, the relationships you have been neglecting, and the joy you feel when simply sitting with gratitude in the present moment.
I’m just a call away when you are ready. (602) 329-0483