We live in a time where anxiety is at an all-time high. Today, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue in the US. Many factors contribute to this: our fast-paced, technology-driven lifestyle, unstable and shifting political and social issues, the expectation of perfectionism in our culture, competitive academic and workplace environments and many factors that you can probably imagine. While the future can seem scary and unknown, living with anxiety prevents us from enjoying our life, even when things are going relatively well.
“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality”-Seneca
While depression has been described as an obsession with the past, anxiety is more like an obsession with the future.
Anxiety can be described as:
- Non-stop worrying every day, all day or certain times of the day such as when you first wake up and less so at night
- Constantly thinking of what can go wrong
- Fear of the worst-case scenario
- Being overly critical of yourself and your life choices
- Fear that you are not doing enough or doing things right
- An overall sense of dread or discomfort
- Worrying that something bad will happen to yourself or someone you love
- Fear of losing the good things that you have
- Inability to relax and slow down
- Difficulty feeling contentment and happiness
- Physical symptoms such as rapid heart beat, sweating, fast breathing, restlessness and irritability.
To put it simply, anxiety sucks! It gets in the way of enjoying life and may prevent you from doing the things you long to do. And it just plain doesn’t feel good to feel anxious all the time. Things may be going good in your life but if anxiety is in control you probably are unable to stop looking for things that are wrong or obsessing about what could go wrong.
How wonderful would it be to live your life with you in charge instead of your anxiety?
It is possible my friends!
You can live with more calm and ease.
Breaking free of the patterns that fuel your anxiety is possible with the right guidance, tools and practice. Together we will look at the thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that fuel anxiety while learning ways to experience more calm and inner security.
When anxiety is managed, you can begin to feel more confident in your abilities to move through life, less afraid of the future and more grateful and present with what is here NOW. Imagine that! Replacing your fear with a sense of feeling capable and secure.
If you are interested in breaking free of the chains that anxiety has held you in, call today to learn more about how I can help you finally manage your anxiety without it managing you.