AnxietyAnxiety is a part of life, but sometimes it can take up so much space in our lives that we can feel overwhelmed, limited and stuck.
Some people have a very identifiable cause for their anxiety; such as a traumatic incident or a significant life event such as moving house, the end of a relationship or having surgery. However, some people don’t have an identifiable cause for their anxious feelings and this can become yet another stressor.
Sometimes talking with a therapist can lead to a new understanding that anxiety is normal and exists due to a set of survival ‘fight or flight’ instincts that have existed in us since childhood. Exploring how your anxiety is shaping your life can also help you identify different ways of responding to the challenges you face.
I work with anxiety by helping people find ways to anchor themselves in the present. Anxiety is nearly always accompanied by physical symptoms such as shallow breathing, heart palpitations and even panic attacks so it’s also helpful to have a toolbox of practical techniques that can help you reduce your stress levels before they reach a critical level.