It’s natural for any of us to feel anxious from time to time. Walking into a job interview, waiting for test results, wondering how a difficult conversation will turn out. Yes, anxiety is a natural part of the human experience. For some however, anxious thoughts can very much interfere with everyday functioning.
Therapy is a great way to help soothe an anxious mind. Here are several ways therapy addresses anxiety in order to reduce symptoms and promote relaxation and relief:
- Therapy can be helpful in identifying your triggers to anxiety. Many things in our daily lives can trigger feelings of anxiety. A phone call, a work meeting, a deadline, health issues, relationship problems, or even a memory are just a few examples of things that can induce stress and anxiety. Understanding your triggers can help you find specific ways to feel relief from your symptoms.
- Therapy can help you understand your symptoms of anxiety. There is no cookie-cutter stamp for how anxiety shows up for us. Anxiety can bring on bodily sensations such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, shakiness, or stomach upset. Anxiety can also look like avoidance, isolation, confusion, and irritability. Therapy can help you better understand how anxiety manifests in your life so that you can implement effective and appropriate coping strategies.
- Therapy can help you explore and implement healthy ways to cope and manage symptoms of anxiety. A therapist will help you add quick and effective tools to apply when anxious thoughts arise such as breathing techniques or guided meditation. For more challenging symptoms, a therapist can discuss other options such as medication or other interventions.
- Therapy can help you understand patterns of thinking that contribute to anxiety. A therapist can help you identify patterns of negative or catastrophic thinking that may increase your symptoms. Once these thinking patterns have been identified, you can then learn ways to reframe and restructure thoughts so they are easier to manage.
Anxiety can place limits on our lives that interfere with our ability to live our best version. But the good news is, there are strategies available to help. If you are struggling with anxiety, we are here to support you.
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