Helping to Manage Anxiety

Anxiety is an emotion that we have all experienced one time or another in our lives. Our bodies and minds are wired such that we become alarmed when something or someone feels threatening or alarming to us. It's normal and appropriate to have some degree of anxiety. If we are walking late at night and hear frightening noises, our "fight or flight" response may immediately kick in. Our bodies react by producing elevated levels of cortisol, a hormone that is secreted by your adrenal gland, which causes our hearts to beat faster, our muscles to tighten, and our blood vessels to constrict. We may react quickly to find safe ground. Now imagine living with this, "fight or flight" response every single day. This excessive degree of anxiety can be paralyzing to the sufferer, to their family and can stop them from having a normal life.

If you or your loved one is suffering from anxiety, there are steps you can take to help manage this anxiety:

First, consult with a professional therapist that is trained in treating anxiety and who can properly assess your symptoms.

Second, learn to recognize yours symptoms of Anxiety (such as sweating, heart palpitations, shaking) so that you can begin to take action toward calming your symptoms.

Third, incorporate exercises that focus on relaxation into your lifestyle (such as deep breathing, yoga, meditation, Reiki).

Another step would be to commit yourself to learning a new and healthier thinking process. Many therapists practice from a Cognitive Behavioral approach, which focuses on changing your negative thoughts to positive thoughts. This approach has been very effective in decreasing anxiety.

Lastly, reach out for support and social connection. When one feels supported, that person may be more motivated and driven to help themselves.

If you would like to consult a professional therapist that is trained in treating anxiety and who can properly assess your symptoms, contact Face to Face Counseling and Psychotherapy @ 917-834-6211, email, or use our Contact Us web form and we'll contact you.