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A THOUGHT OR A BODY SENSATION
Then, a thought enters your mind, or you feel a sensation in your body that catches your attention. Your mind begins to focus on the thought or sensation and within seconds you find yourself consumed with only thinking about that. You become less present in the moment, distracted.
You are convinced something bad is going to happen. All energy and focus is used on the thought or figuring out what the sensation is from. This starts a cascade of other thoughts and your mind begins to write a story about what is happening.
The story always seems to have the worst possible outcome. Then the fear kicks in.
The mind vacillates between trying to be logical and experiencing fear. Add in the body’s physical responses of increased heart rate, sweaty palms, tingling, shallow breathing or pressure in your chest.
You worry about anything and everything. Worry about things that have already happened. Things that haven’t happened, but might. Things that are so unlikely to happen, but you can’t help worrying about what you might do in situation A, and B, and C, and so on.
You are a pro at the “what if” game. “What if this happened… or this… or this…”. You replay conversations over and over in your head. Analyze every. single. word.
Your brain is constantly going. Wishing you could turn your brain off for just a little bit. Maybe you find ways to “tune out” – binge watch TV, that one glass of wine that quickly turns into 2, or 3, or a bottle. Some days you might look like the
Always working, always doing, always busy. If you keep going, then your brain won’t have time to think about all the things you worry about.
You are exhausted. Wishing for a different brain that didn’t worry so damn much.
Here’s a fun secret: Anxiety is like having your own superpower. You naturally have more energy than other people do. Your brain can process more information, and much faster than other people do. You can see 16 steps ahead in a project, and know where each of the roadblocks, pitfalls, and problems will occur. To other people, you can see the future! Alas, with all superpowers, there is a downside. Left unchecked, anxiety will run amok with your life.
Therapy is where you can learn how to use your superpower for good in your life.
This all adds up to anxiety or panic. It rarely happens at a convenient time, and it is never pleasant. But, it’s common. 30% of adults experience some form of disordered anxiety in their life.
Feeling anxious, anticipation or nervousness are natural responses to some of life’s events. They are a good thing and can motivate, provide energy and help assess danger. But, when the feelings are severe, excessive, upsetting and interrupt your life, it’s time to a look at what’s happening.
There are many factors that can cause anxiety to develop: thinking style, coping strategies, excessive stress, underlying emotional challenges, past experiences or physical health problems. Sometimes, anxiety is rooted in negative beliefs you have about yourself or the world – beliefs that you may not even be aware of.
Therapy can help uncover what’s at the core of your anxiety. You will begin to develop the ability to manage the intrusive thoughts, shift your beliefs and your reactions to them. I will help you get in front of your anxiety, learn to live in the present moment, and understand unproductive thoughts that steal your joy. · Make sense of the negative thoughts. Engage and listen to those thoughts and start believing thoughts that help you.· Be curious about disappointment. Get to know the expectations a little better that you have for yourself and those around you. Know what you need and be able to ask for it.· Get in-sync with who you are and who you really want to be. Create a life that you enjoy, and that you love living.· Allow for stress and burnout to be healed!· Say no with guilt on your team. People please with boundaries.· Learn how to best take care of you. Know what your body, mind, and spirit need and be able to provide that for yourself. You’ll learn techniques to calm your mind and body.Just imagine not feeling afraid of the thoughts that may invade your mind.Imagine, instead, welcoming any thought and knowing that you’ll be able to manage whatever comes.You’ll develop a BRING-IT-ON attitude toward those intrusive thoughts because you’ll have the confidence you need to face and embrace them with love,empathy, and compassion.
Having a focused mindfulness routine where meditation and awareness is at the center of moving toward a healthy emotional state can be really difficult on your own.Mindfulness and meditation-based services are best suited for treating anxiety and phobias. Anxiety/Phobias crippled from within.You have dreams, goals, desires, relationships. But you’re trapped. It’s intense, it’s heart-wrenching, and it’s affecting every part of your life. Your life – and often your family’s, as well. But you CAN take control back over your life. You just need the right kind of support and understanding to do it. Both online counseling and mindfulness/meditation-based services provide ideal solutions for those suffering from anxieties and phobias.
Behavioral: hypervigilance, irritability, or restlessness
Cognitive: lack of concentration, racing thoughts, or unwanted thoughts
Whole body: fatigue or sweating
Also common: anxiety, excessive worry, fear, feeling of impending doom, insomnia, nausea, palpitations, or trembling
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