While everyone experiences anxiety at some point in their lives, some people have more frequent symptoms that may cause disruption in their lives. The symptoms can range from mild discomfort and fear to panic attacks or avoidance of necessary life activities. Have you ever felt paralyzed by fear of negative outcomes? Does anxiety prevent you from doing things you might enjoy or that might be beneficial for you? If so, therapy might be helpful for you.
There are many ways that therapy can be beneficial if you are struggling with anxiety. Sometimes, having the opportunity to talk through your thought processes and work on ways to combat them can really help. There are also many physical actions you can take to manage your anxiety, especially if it falls on the debilitating end of the spectrum. Many of my clients struggling with anxiety benefit greatly from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skills because they provide straightforward steps to respond to specific symptoms. My favorite skill to teach is progressive muscle relaxation. This skill can be useful in a variety of situations and can be done just about anywhere. There’s a great YouTube guided muscle relaxation video here. Once you learn the technique, you can employ it whenever you need it!
I also use Brainspotting to address the core causes of anxiety for those clients that want to do so. Learning to handle anxiety when it inevitably arises is so important, but I also believe in doing everything we can do prevent it in the first place. Brainspotting allows you minimize your anxiety triggers and overcome the thought processes that contribute to an anxious state of being.
Anxiety is one of my favorite things to help people improve. Anxiety presents itself in our bodies in unique ways, which means there are many creative ways to address it physically, too. I personally use many of the skills and resources I recommend, which means I understand how they work in practice. If anxiety is something you’re struggling with, give me a call. I’d love to help you overcome it.