One of the best ways to deal with anxiety is to learn about your own anxiety: your symptoms, what triggers it, and what coping mechanisms have been effective in the past. When you learn what your anxiety is tied to, it can help you be mindful of what's really happening as well as prevent and mitigate symptoms by processing and working through the issue in therapy. Other strategies that have been shown to help manage anxiety are meditation, challenging anxious thoughts, exercising, and journaling.
On average, people can tend to attend 15 to 20 session of anxiety therapy (five or more months). However, this number is heavily dependent on the type of anxiety that's being treated and its severity, with many choosing to attend anxiety therapy for a longer period of time to ensure its effectiveness long-term.
Yes, it is worth going to therapy for anxiety. If you are struggling with regular anxious thoughts and feelings that are affecting your day-to-day life or you suspect that you have an anxiety disorder, you should seek expert anxiety help.
If you’re having anxiety and aren’t sure if counseling is right for you, know that you’re in good company. In fact, anxiety is one of the most frequent reasons people seek counseling. The good news is that counseling can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms and allow you to get back to your life.
Anxiety can cause a lot of problems in your life
Anxiety is more than just feeling nervous. It can interfere with your eating habits, relationships, sleep, work, school, and every other routine in your life. Anxiety can make you feel that you have no control over your life or your feelings. Counseling can work wonders to help you get back in control.
Identify the cause of your anxiety
For some people, the cause of the anxiety is obvious to them. It may have begun after a trauma, it may have started during a stressful situation, or the end of an important relationship may have brought it on. For others, working with a therapist can help you answer the all-important question: what is behind your anxiety?
Therapy can help address your anxiety – not just the symptoms
Some clients have success with anxiety medications but there’s one important thing to remember about them: they only treat the symptoms. On the other hand, therapy identifies and addresses the root causes of your anxiety.
This is done through a self-reflective process that will help you understand your anxiety, unpack it, and transform it via a variety of techniques that can help you cope when anxiety flares up.
There are many things that can help with anxiety
You are unique and your treatment will be unique. Some clients find meditation helpful while others learn stress-management techniques. Your road to recovery could include a wide range of things from re-learning self-care, to family counseling, to exercise, and even eliminating or significantly reducing the amount of certain anxiety-causing stimulates you use – like coffee.
No matter where you are in your anxiety journey today, Thriveworks Bristol Counseling & Coaching is here to help. We can help you find the individualized road to recovery that could finally give you your power back.