Signs of anxiety. You don't have to suffer anymore.
Do you wake up in the morning with a sense of dread – like you’re always waiting for the other shoe to drop? This is anxiety. According to the ADAA, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States, or 18.1% of the population every year. Other signs of anxiety include:
- Feeling like you have little or no control in your life
- Constantly trying to keep worrying thoughts at bay
- Panicky feelings
- Feeling isolated
- “Fight or flight” state of mind
Whether it’s general anxiety or a fear of something specific, anxiety can take a major toll on your mental, emotional and physical health. Anxiety can cause your mind to spin out of control and force you to persistently entertain all the possible terrible scenarios that might happen to you or your loved ones. You may feel like you are constantly in a “fight or flight” state, which can make it feel impossible to rest, let alone relax. You may also feel like you are always on duty and you can never get a break. Even when you’re completely exhausted, it can still feel seemingly impossible to let things go and rest.
Anxiety Is Becoming Increasingly Common In Our Culture
If you suffer from anxiety, you’re not alone. Anxiety exists in many forms in our culture, and you don’t need to look very far to find people who are overstressed, feeling anxious and wanting relief. Everyone seems worried or anxious about something. And the list of things to worry about doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. But, that doesn’t mean you have to keep suffering.
Anxiety stems from many sources and manifests in varying ways. At its most basic level, anxiety can motivate you to prioritize, stay on track and get things done. But when anxiety levels get too high, it can become paralyzing and debilitating. It can elicit panic attacks, which can be a terrifying experience. Furthermore, one of the primary responses to overpowering anxiety and panic attacks is to feel anxious about having more of them, which can become a terrible self-propelling cycle of extreme discomfort.
Everyone experiences anxiety on some level, but for some people anxiety becomes heightened and keeps them from feeling good and functioning well. If you are experiencing overwhelming worry that’s keeping you from engaging in your life in meaningful and effective ways or panic attacks, anxiety treatment with a mindfulness approach can help.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Find The Grounding, Strength and Skills Needed To Get Your Life Back in Your Own Capable Hands.
What You Should Know about Online Anxiety Counseling
Online counseling, also referred to as e-therapy, gives patients an easier, more accessible way to seek the help they need. Online counseling is essentially a type of counseling that occurs virtually. This convenient method of counseling is sometimes preferred during times of immediate need or even during “brick and mortar” office closures. Online counseling can be especially helpful for people who have social anxiety and other anxieties that prevent them from being comfortable traveling to and from therapy.
One of the advantages of online therapy is the ability to choose from a larger number of therapists, rather than being limited to just those in your immediate area that you can drive to. There are a multitude of versions of online counseling: phone call sessions, video chat sessions, or even emailing are all forms of communication and require only an internet connection and some sort of chat app or program. While this virtual setup may not be traditional, counseling still continues in a similar structure to how it would be in person. Read on….
You are more than your thoughts.
Just because you have anxiety-provoking thoughts or impulses, it doesn’t mean you have to listen to them. Mindfulness meditation, as a part of anxiety treatment, can help identify your anxiety triggers gain control over negative and self-debilitating thoughts. You can learn how to gain perspective on your thoughts and dismiss the ones that don’t serve you anymore. You can learn new ways to respond to your old anxiety triggers. When triggers arise, you can step aside and let them pass.
At Makin Wellness, we can teach you how to use mindfulness skills to make real and sustainable changes in your life. Mindfulness meditation can help you to non-judgmentally focus your attention on what you are experiencing in the present moment. Most of the time, the human mind is engaged in jumping from thought to thought – thinking about the past, planning for the future, big thoughts, little thoughts… These scattered thoughts can have an enormous impact on your mood and anxiety levels. By learning new ways to manage the thoughts, you don’t have to feel trapped by them. You can re-frame negative, illogical thoughts into positive and practical ones, which can lead to effective and lasting change.
With the support and guidance of an experienced and warm therapist, you can learn to manage, mitigate and even overcome anxiety. You can learn skills to help you in the moment when your anxiety levels rise, as well as regular practices you can use on a daily basis to keep your stress levels low. You can develop increased personal resilience and self-confidence. It is possible to live a life outside of the prison of anxiety.
Although you know that you could benefit from help, you still may have questions or concerns about anxiety treatment… we can help.
I have real things to be anxious about. Are you just going to tell me to forget about my problems?
We all have valid problems in our lives that cause us anxiety. There is enough uncertainty in this life that if we look long enough, we will find something to get worried about. But, looking for things to feed anxiety is a thought habit. And with practice, thought habits can be changed. A little bit of anxiety can be useful – it can help keep you on track and aware of important things to keep in mind. But, anxiety is only useful to the extent that it offers clarity and helps you to take action. Beyond that, it is debilitating. Even paralyzing. Mindfulness meditation can help you become more aware of your anxiety-provoking habitual thought patterns and help you change how you respond to them. You are more than your thoughts, which means you can take control of them.
Does anxiety treatment mean I have to take medication?
Anxiety treatment doesn’t mean you will need to take medication unless you are interested in seeing whether an anti-anxiety medication could be helpful. If that’s the case, I might recommend you set up a meeting with a psychiatrist to discuss the possibility. That said, there are many highly effective, non-medication approaches to treating anxiety – including mindfulness. Either way, the choice about whether or not to take medication is a personal one that I will respect and support you in throughout our work together.
What about medical marijuana?
Since anxiety is now a qualifying condition, medical cannabis may be clinically recommended to you as well. Our counselors are able to evaluate and provide ongoing treatment for all different types of anxiety conditions.
What is mindfulness?
Originally developed as a Buddhist practice, mindfulness is essentially the practice of focusing your attention on the present moment. It involves exercising your ability to observe your thoughts as they come up without reacting to them in habitual ways. With practice, you learn how to respond instead of react to your thoughts. This doesn’t mean working with a counselor can’t include your own sense of spirituality, of course. But religion and spirituality are not necessarily the same thing. And the extent to which you discuss spirituality in your sessions is completely up to you.