Having some anxiety in our daily life is perfectly normal and in fact, it actually helps us sometimes! Yes, you heard that right: our everyday life anxiety can be a good thing. Why?
A healthy amount of anxiety helps protect us when there are dangers, can motivate us, keep us on our toes and enable us to recall information quicker. But we all know that anxiety can also feel totally overwhelming and debilitating. Often, our brains can’t pinpoint what is causing the chronic stress response and managing stress requires coping skills you may not have yet developed.
At Alberta Mental Health, online therapy sessions with a mental health professional will help you with stress management and treating anxiety.
10 Symptoms of Anxiety
Each anxiety disorder is unique, emerging as your body's coping skills to life circumstances. Our life challenges come in many forms. You may develop excessive worry from life transitions, relationship concerns, parenting stress, or in addition to disordered eating. Here are some common anxiety symptoms you may be experiencing:
1.) Worrying about work, family, relationships, health, school, performance or any other aspect of life excessively.
2.) You are avoiding certain things in life in fear of experiencing anxiety, fear or a panic attack.
3.) You are constantly seeking some reassurance.
4.) You find yourself ruminating about things often, perhaps the same subject frequently.
5.) You have a specific phobia.
6.) You experience sleep problems.
7.) You experience anxiety attacks.
8.) You feel you are in chronic pain emotionally.
9.) You have low self esteem.
10.) You experience social anxiety disorder.
If this sounds like you, consider reaching out to a registered clinical social worker.
What to Expect:
Counselling Anxiety Disorders
Regardless of your diagnosis, wether it be generalized anxiety disorder, a panic disorder, or social anxiety disorder, it is important to understand treating anxiety disorders takes time. For some, anxiety therapy will leave them feeling noticeably better quite quickly. However, others will need to work longer before noticing physical symptoms and general mental health improving. Surprisingly, feeling worse is often a sign of progress.
As we dig into the "Why" behind our mental disorders, more emotions and questions may arise. This is part of the journey. Just remember, your clinical social worker is a part of your team and there to help you begin to reduce stress and anxiety.
How can counselling help you with anxiety?
When starting your journey to work on mental health issues, there are a few ways to effectively work on treating anxiety disorders . Our team of mental health professionals may choose to use exposure therapy, mindfulness based practices, therapeutic approaches, or cognitive behavioral therapy, all in a supportive counselling environment. Anxiety Therapy will:
Help you to explore your triggers and develop relaxation techniques
Move beyond simply deep breathing to include different therapeutic techniques
Help you to gain control of your emotions
Anxiety therapists will help you establish more balance in your daily life
Create new routines and thought patterns to prevent your daily habits from making anxiety worse
Learn to practice self compassion