How to Cope with Anxiety – Stress and Anxiety Counselors in Reading, PA
Anxiety is a part of being human. There are so many things in life to make us feel fearful. Especially if you turn on the news, the world is filled with constant conflict and terror. We worry about our families and our precious children. We worry about our health and finances, and how we are going to make ends meet. We worry about our careers, success, and our reputations. The list goes on and on.
However, anxiety is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. It can take over your thoughts and take over your life. It can wear you down and rob you of the joy in your life that you deserve. It can keep you from family and friends and keep you from achieving your hopes and dreams in life. It can literally feel like it’s crushing you.
How Do I Know If I Have An Anxiety Disorder?
Anxiety can be good. It helps you stay on top of things. It helps the baseball player more alert to hit the ball, helps you have motivation to study for that test, and helps you be mindful of danger around you. However, true anxiety is a little more than feeling nervous before a presentation or doing something for the first time. True anxiety can destroy your personal and professional life by paralyzing you.
Anxiety can take many forms and there are many types of anxiety disorders such as: generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia, post-traumatic stress disorder, separation anxiety, school phobia, (particularly in children), and obsessive compulsive disorder. You may have an anxiety disorder if you have any of the following symptoms that negatively affect your daily functioning:
- Excessive worry
- Fear and avoidance of people, places, or situations
- Panic attacks which manifest in physical symptoms that mimic a heart attack such as: rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, chest pain or shortness of breath, feelings of choking, dizziness or feeling faint, nausea or abdominal distress, headaches, weakness, trembling or shaking, or feeling of being detached from self
- Fear of dying, losing control, or going crazy
- Sleep disturbance
- Muscle tension
- Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
- Obsessive compulsive tendencies
- Physical ailments that don’t improve after care
Why Do I Feel This Way?
You are not alone. Anxiety is very common and millions of people all around the world suffer from it. Anxiety knows no limits. It affects every age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class. Sometimes anxiety is hereditary and sometime it is induced by stress or a traumatic event such as a sudden loss, car accident, or violent crime. Sometimes it seems to come out of nowhere.
Whatever the causes, the good news is that anxiety is highly treatable and research has shown over and over again that counseling can help. Treatment includes helping you understand your anxiety and providing you with cognitive behavioral strategies and techniques to overcome it. These methods may include mindfulness, relaxation techniques, gradual exposure therapy, establishing routines, or exercises to help you retrain your brain. Sometimes medication is indicated to help your brain get back on the right track.
How Can Thriveworks-Wyomissing Help?
At Thriveworks-Wyomissing we have trained, experienced, and caring counselors to help you get your thoughts and feelings under control. We can give you the power tools and skills you need to take over this powerful force in your life. We can help you conquer these overwhelming feelings and once again experience joy and happiness in your life. We can help you finally find peace of mind. You can finally be free.
It is not uncommon to feel embarrassed to seek out help or admit that there is a problem in your life. However, trust us to be your partner in combating these thoughts. Call us so we can meet with you and help you get to the root of the problem before it gets more serious. We can help you find out what triggers your anxiety and what you can do about it. We know it’s hard to imagine a life without anxiety.
You may think it’s no big deal. You may even believe that you have to continue to live life this way for the rest of your life. Many people don’t realize they don’t have to live like this. We can help you identify and understand what specific type of anxiety disorder you are facing. We can help you take the first steps in the healing process.
Whether you are seeking help for yourself, your child, or a loved one, we are here to help. We are here to listen to your deepest fears when you are ready. Don’t struggle in silence any longer. Don’t wait another minute. We can help you get through this. It doesn’t need to control you and you don’t need to live in the prison your mind has created for you. Reclaim your life back and live life freely and abundantly.
We have confidence in you and your ability to overcome this. We have seen it done time and time again. Don’t let anxiety overwhelm and consume you, and make you doubt and question yourself. Conquer those demons. Let’s get started today.
We are only a phone call away. Don’t let your anxiety keep you from the life that you deserve. Take over control and call now. You can change. Let our counselors help make that happen. Call today. We will try to get you an appointment within 24 hours!
Be a THRIVER!