Anxiety Treatment Can Help
Whether you have been dealing with anxiety for a long time or the symptoms have just started, you know that anxiety can invade every part of your life. Cyclical thinking, nagging worries, and the constant “what ifs” can feel overwhelming. Perhaps, you’ve found these thoughts are stopping you from enjoying the things that you love. Without treatment, anxiety makes living your life difficult, if not outright unbearable. But, it doesn’t have to be this way forever.
The anxiety therapists at our Wilmington based counseling center understand the realities of anxiety. So, we understand how overwhelming it can be. And, we’re here to help. It can be hard to take that first step to reach out – or even admit to yourself that anxiety is really what’s impacting your life. However, we know that anxiety treatment can really change your life for the better. So, let’s work together to reclaim your joyful moments from anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
In our culture, media and social norms tell us we should do all the things all at once. Work, exercise, cook and clean, take care of our kids and pets, strive for a full social life, and even squeeze in some volunteer work. In addition, technology has introduced a whole new level of busy. Now, we can read the news, talk with friends, listen to podcasts and books, pay our bills, and manage our schedules right from our phones. And, this can be done anywhere and anytime. What? Why!
How Anxiety Shows Up
Not only are we doing more with out time than ever before, but we are also flooded with exposure and knowledge of others’ lives. This leads to unhealthy comparisons and the I need to be “better/faster/stronger” mentality.
Stress is a natural result of the pressures of our lives. Mix in a little negative self-talk, lack of time management, and minimal self-care and you get…Drum roll…ANXIETY!
The increased pressures of daily life and all we’re expected to do is not the only source of anxiety. But, it’s certainly a common one. Whatever the cause, the symptoms are similar. You find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, unease, instability, and worry. However, a life filled with chronic worry and increased anxiety doesn’t have to be your normal.
Symptoms of Anxiety
No two people experience exactly the same things when they’re dealing with anxiety. In fact, that’s part of the reason why this condition can often be misdiagnosed. Some symptoms you may be experiencing related to anxiety include:
- Excessive worrying
- Difficulties controlling your feelings or worry
- Being tired all the time
- Trouble concentrating
- Problems falling and staying asleep
- Panic attacks
What’s Happening to Me?
Now, here’s the big question. Why are these symptoms happening? You may have heard of the fight or flight response. It’s often referred to as fight, flight, or freeze. This is the body’s way of protecting you from danger. So, when we are in this elevated state of response to danger, the sympathetic nervous system is activated. Then, your body sends all its resources to the functions that are important for survival. This causes physical responses like rapid breathing, tension in the legs and arms, dilated pupils, and higher body temperature. Moreover, the activated sympathetic nervous system is how our ancient ancestors fled from saber tooth tiger attacks.
Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems
Furthermore, the sympathetic nervous system is not meant to be our default mode. The opposite system in our body is called the parasympathetic nervous system. We like to refer to this as the calm-your-shit-everything-is-safe mode.
It comes online when your mind tells you, “there’s no danger, you can relax now.” Here’s the pickle: the modern day “danger” is not a saber tooth tiger trying to eat you. It’s that Karen told Susan your shirt is ugly. Or, it’s that traffic is too congested to get your Starbucks and make the meeting on time. Perhaps, it’s that you have to empty the dishwasher and clean your bathroom before your in-laws come over for dinner. Our brains are hardwired to find the “danger” in our lives, but our day-to-day stress does not need rapid breathing and fast heart rates to problem solve.
How Can Anxiety Treatment Fix This?
So, here you are facing all the daily stress in your life and your sympathetic nervous system is like the Terminator 24/7. There’s no class in grade school aimed to show you how to activate your calm-down system. So, you probably don’t have the skills to tell your mind that being stuck in traffic is not usually an imminent danger to your survival. Likewise, parents do not raise us to manage our biological urge to react to our environments as “dangerous” (through no fault of their own). But, working with an anxiety therapist in Wilmington, NC can help you learn to switch on that calm-down system.
Let’s be honest. If there’s a saber tooth tiger to be wary of in your daily life, it’s your anxiety, not your boss’ approval. So, if you are interested in conquering your anxiety once and for all, it’s time to talk to someone who knows how to help. At our Wilmington area counseling center, we can help you reclaim your happy, thriving life from your feelings of worry and overwhelm. In addition, anxiety treatment will help you build your coping skills to teach you start up your calm-down system. And, it will help you increase your resilience to stress.
Working with a therapist can help you identify the thought, behavior, and belief patterns that lead to anxious feelings. Furthermore, it can help you break free from ineffective patterns. In turn, helping you create new healthy and sustainable habits. Well, if you’re ready to start working with an anxiety therapist in Wilmington, NC, we’re here to help.
Our Approach to Anxiety Treatment
Our counselors are trained in (and really believe in) whole body wellness. So, we’re not just worried about the health of your mind. Instead, we want you to be truly healthy in mind, body, and spirit. Your therapist will encourage you to find ways to reduce anxiety in all aspects of your daily life. Further, they will do this by thinking through strategies such as workout routines, meditation practices, yoga, and improved nutrition.
Medication management can also help with reducing your symptoms of anxiety. Often, people utilize medication for anxiety for short term relief from the overwhelming symptoms of anxiety. This helps them fully engage in therapy to address the root causes of their anxiety.
Begin Anxiety Treatment in Wilmington, NC
We know this can be hard. It’s possible that you’ve been debating seeking help for months, if not years. However, we are so glad you found us and have taken the courageous first step to learn more about anxiety treatment. The therapists at our counseling center in Wilmington, NC are confident that together, we can equip you with the tools you need to face and overcome all of the challenges in your life. And, we offer online therapy in North Carolina for your added convenience. Follow the steps below to start anxiety treatment in Wilmington, NC.
Other Services at Evolution Wellness
Our counseling center in Wilmington, NC provides mental health services to meet your needs, both in-person and online. And, not only do we provide anxiety treatment, but also depression treatment, EMDR therapy, trauma therapy and PTSD treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Further, we offer counseling for families, couples, and teens, too! Our welcoming and compassionate therapists are ready to meet you where you are and help you heal.