Are elevated levels of stress due to the Coronavirus making your anxiety worse?
If you’re struggling more than usual with anxiety right now, you’re not alone. Even if you or a family member haven’t been infected or exposed to COVID-19, you may be obsessively tuning into the media to search for something that will lessen your fears. And when you read frightening statistics or don’t find clear answers that give you relief, your anxiety may increase.
So many of us are worried about the risk of getting the Coronavirus. You may fear you aren’t taking the right steps to cope with your current situation. What can you do now to reduce your anxiety symptoms and feel more in control? How can you relax and stay focused when you constantly feel irritable and keyed up? And what steps can you take to manage sudden traumatic situations like this if you don’t have the right support systems in place?
There may be no definitive answers to your questions. Even if you and your loved ones are safe, you may be sheltering at home together 24/7, and that can bring a lot more stress than you are used to.
I can help you deal with anxiety via Online Therapy.
Is Anxiety Running Your Life?
Do you feel driven by fears and worry? Have you found it hard to concentrate on the simplest of tasks? Maybe your mind sometimes just goes blank. Or perhaps you’re frequently irritable or keyed up, making it difficult to relax and enjoy the present moment.
Do you hold yourself to exceptionally high standards and worry that you’ll fall short? When you think of the future, do you often imagine worst-case scenarios and suffer from headaches, muscle tension or digestive problems? Do you avoid taking risks for fear of failure or rejection, even when you know that by playing it safe you are living a more limited life?
Does your mind frequently race or feel barraged with unwanted or unpleasant thoughts? Are you often plagued with a feeling of dread or impending doom? Maybe you have trouble sleeping or staying asleep. Perhaps your friends or family members have mentioned that your worries seem out of proportion to what is actually happening. Do you wish you could find a way to relax, feel calm and know that everything is going to be okay?
Everyone experiences anxiety at times. Periods of elevated stress can help us maintain focus, meet deadlines and achieve goals. And, being on alert or experiencing fear is one way our brain’s fight or flight system helps us survive when a danger situations arises. But, too much anxiety can cause a tremendous amount of distress and even become debilitating. It can also lead to emotional or relationship problems and prevent us from fully enjoying life.
Anxiety Is Very Common In Our Culture
If you’re struggling with anxiety, you are not alone. According to some estimates, roughly 30 percent of the U.S. population is affected by some type of anxiety disorder. Some of us are have a tendency to be more anxious due to environmental and/or genetic factors, and women are twice as likely as men to be afflicted. However, anxiety does not discriminate. It impacts people from all backgrounds and walks of life, and it’s important to note that feeling anxious does not mean you are weak.
Our propensity toward anxiety comes from a survival adaptation that combines our fight/flight/freeze system with our ability for complex thinking. This adaptation has helped humans survive, but it also creates difficulties. We also live in a fast-paced, technology-driven world in which there is enormous pressure to excel, and we often forgo self-care in order to get things done. Our nervous systems are often on high alert even when no immediate danger present, making it feel impossible to relax.
The good news is that there is help and hope and that anxiety can be managed and even overcome. New discoveries about the brain have taught us how to effectively treat anxiety disorders. With the support of a compassionate anxiety therapist, you can reduce anxiety symptoms, make thoughtful, empowered choices and feel more alive.
Anxiety Treatment Can Help You Live A More Joyful and Vital Life
I offer a safe, compassionate and nonjudgmental environment in which you’ll have the space to share anything and everything that is coming up for you. All of you is welcome when you come to counseling, including your fears, anger, guilt, shame and grief. Sessions are for you to unload, explore and discover what it is that you need to relax, recharge and live the life that you want to live.
I see everyone and their experience with anxiety as unique, which is why we’ll collaboratively design an anxiety treatment strategy that works specifically for you. Using a combination of mindfulness, body-centered approaches, cognitive behavioral therapy, Gestalt philosophy, focusing techniques and psychodynamic approaches, we will explore the origins of your anxiety to find out what works best for you. Using mindfulness and somatic approaches, I can help you increase your capacity to experience difficult feelings without being overwhelmed by them. I can help you identify and reframe the thinking that fuels your anxiety and to differentiate real from imagined threats. If you suffer from panic attacks or are in constant distress, I can offer you practical techniques that you can use between sessions to help yourself in the moment that anxiety heightens so you can experience immediate relief.
Often, there are deep emotions hidden underneath fearfulness that actually fuel it. Together, we can explore how your present day reactions are related to past experiences, especially those that may have been too overwhelming to fully embrace and integrate at the time. With gentle and empathic support and guidance, I can help you resolve difficult feelings safely so that you feel more whole. I am sensitive to your needs, and you determine the pace of your healing. Over time, you can feel less anxious and more able to face the inevitable stresses that life brings with increased confidence, clarity and ease.
Whether you’re dealing with generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, PTSD or social anxiety, I can help. You don’t have to continue to suffer. Reaching out and asking for help is a courageous first step. With treatment for anxiety, you can learn to let go of harmful thoughts. You can experience relief from emotional anguish and reduce stress-related physical symptoms. With compassionate guidance and new, practical skills, you can experience more freedom, take action in the places you now feel stuck and develop the capacity to face whatever comes your way.
You still might have questions or concerns about anxiety therapy…
What about taking medication? Wouldn’t that be a quicker way of alleviating my anxiety?
For some people, certain medications can reduce anxiety symptoms, and some studies show that medication in tandem with therapy is the most effective form of anxiety treatment. It’s important to note, however, that anxiety medication is usually neither a complete nor a long-term solution. Anti-anxiety medications, particularly Benzodiazepines, such as Valium and Xanax, can be highly addictive, produce undesired side effects and leave you feeling flat. Alternatively, there are many highly effective forms of anxiety treatment that do not include medication. In anxiety counseling sessions, you can uncover the root causes of your anxiety. You identify triggers and transform anxiety producing thoughts and behavior patterns. You can establish habits to calm your nervous system when it’s on high alert and experience relief without the use of drugs. Essentially, however, the choice to take medication or not is totally up to you. We can explore your options together so you can make an informed decision that best supports you in healing.
I’ve tried therapy before, and it didn’t work.
There are many variables that determine whether therapy works. First, the relationship between the therapist and client is crucial. It is important to find someone whom you can be yourself, relax with and open up to. You also want to trust that the person you choose has the skill and compassion to be there for you, no matter what arises.
Is the expense of therapy really worth it?
There are things you can do to reduce your anxiety on your own. Doing yoga regularly has been shown to decrease anxiety and controlled breathing exercises can really help when you are experiencing panic. If you have tried different techniques on your own and are still struggling, it can be worth the cost to invest in therapy so you can experience more freedom, vitality and inner calm.
You Can Live With More Confidence, Self-Compassion, Clarity And Ease
A trusting therapeutic relationship is an investment in yourself and your wellbeing. If you’re in Longmont, CO or the surrounding are and would like to get to know me and see if we are a match, I invite you to contact contact me for a free 30-minute consultation by clicking this link.