Anxiety can be an overwhelming feeling that manifests in different thoughts, feelings and behaviors that can get in the way of your day to day life.
- Are you often feeling preoccupied with your thoughts swirling in your head?
- Do you wake up with a feeling of dread and are not sure why?
- Do you find yourself often preoccupied with fears or worries about your children’s wellbeing?
A hallmark feeling of anxiety is the worry and anticipation of negative events happening in the future or worrying about something we said or did in the past that we wish we had handled differently.
In addition to thoughts and feelings, physical symptoms are also associated with anxiety: a weight or tightening in the chest, difficulty sleeping, upset stomach, racing heart, shortening of breath.
Here’s the encouraging news: Anxiety is not only one of the most common mood disorders, it is also one of the most treatable. Together, we will create a plan for you that helps alleviate the symptoms associated with anxiety and provides you with the tools and coping mechanisms to manage your anxiety. Here are a few ways we help our clients alleviate their anxiety:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based approach to modify our thoughts, which in turn shifts our emotions and behaviors. CBT has been shown to be effective in treating numerous presenting issues, including: depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD).
In addition to CBT, integrating Mindfulness techniques is incredibly beneficial as a way of shifting our attention to the present. Not only is mindfulness helpful, it is also familiar to us all. We all have the ability to be present, aware of what we are doing, how we are feeling, and to bring attention in a curious, non-judgmental way.
By creating a plan that is unique to you, we can help manage anxiety in a holistic way ~ social, emotional, physical and spiritual. We often refer to and work in collaboration with practitioners who support a holistic approach to wellness. Acupuncture, massage, nutrition, physical therapy, and/or medication management in conjunction with psychotherapy can be beneficial in supporting a holistic wellness plan for you.