Is Anxiety affecting your Relationships?
Not too ill to stop functioning but feeling more anxious every day?
As human beings we all worry and experience stress as an everyday part of life but what about when we notice the worrying is getting more excessive and starting to impact on our enjoyment of everyday living?
Are you worrying needlessly even if there isn't a specific problem?
Do you have a vague sense of fear or feeling that things will turn out for the worst?
Are you experiencing any physical symptoms of anxiety such as; broken sleep, uneven or shallow breathing, a sick feeling in your tummy or lack of concentration?
People can experience varying degrees of Anxiety at any time in their life although it tends to affect young people in their late teens and twenties and women more so than men.
You may be someone who has always worried a bit more than other people but there is something different about anxiety; it is when the worrying becomes more pronounced even when there may not be a triggering event or cause.
Low level anxiety or generalised anxiety disorder is quite common and although uncomfortable people can manage to carry on as before and function on a daily basis.
Sometimes people experience depression alongside the anxiety as sleeplessness and irritability and feeling on edge a lot of the time takes its toll.
Relationships can suffer as the person with anxiety may withdraw from social contact or find it difficult to explain to their partner what is happening to them.
More severe forms of Anxiety include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder.
Counselling can be an effective short term treatment for Anxiety and be safely used either as a support to medication or as an alternative.
The following 10 treatment steps can be followed to help you gain relief from this debilitating disorder.
- Your counsellor will assess the severity of the anxiety by asking you about the symptoms
- Help you to understand the context of the anxiety, why now at this point in your life?
- Your counsellor will help to reduce the symptoms you are experiencing
- You will be given tools and strategies to manage and monitor your own symptoms when they arise
- Identifying negative thought patterns like black & white thinking, self-criticism & always thinking the worst will happen.
- Exploring some of the feelings and beliefs you have about yourself that help keep these negative thoughts going.
- Changing some of these core beliefs about yourself by replacing them with healthy, positive attitudes.
- Practising new ways of asserting yourself & your needs
- Using the experience of anxiety as a way of making some changes in your life
- Understanding that anxiety is our body's early warning system telling us something is not quite right with us and our world.