We Can Help You Feel Better
Whether you have been dealing with the negative effects of anxiety for a long time or the symptoms have just started, you know that anxiety can invade every part of your life through cyclic thinking, nagging worries, and the constant “what ifs.” Then, suddenly, you find these thoughts are stopping you from enjoying the things that you love. Without treatment, anxiety can make living your life difficult if not outright unbearable. It doesn’t have to be that way.
The counselors at Evolution Wellness in Wilmington understand the realities of anxiety and how easily it can overwhelm you, 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, but we know that therapy can really change your daily life for the better. Let’s work together to reclaim your joyful moments from anxiety.
In our culture, media and social norms tell us we should work, exercise, cook, clean, take care of our kids and pets, strive for a good social life, and even squeeze in some volunteer work. A whole new level of busy is introduced into our lives with technology because we can read the news, talk with friends, listen to podcasts and books, pay our bills, and manage our schedule and email right from our phones anywhere we are at the same time – what? Why? We are not only doing more with our time than ever before, but we are also flooded with exposure and knowledge of others’ lives, which 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 of anxiety, the results are similar. You find yourself overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy, unease, instability, and worry. 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
- Difficulties concentrating
- Trouble falling and staying asleep
- Panic attacks
Anxiety in The Brain: 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 (maybe you’ve heard it called fight, flight, or freeze). This is the body’s way of protecting you from danger. When we are in this elevated state of response to danger, the sympathetic nervous system is activated. 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. This activated sympathetic nervous system is how our ancient ancestors avoided saber tooth tiger attacks.
The sympathetic nervous system was not meant to be our default mode. The opposite system in our body, or the calm-your-shit-everything-is-safe mode, is called the parasympathetic nervous system.
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. It’s that traffic is too congested to get your Starbucks and make the meeting on time. 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.
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 and tell your mind that being stuck in traffic is not usually an imminent danger to your survival. Parents do not raise us to manage our biological urge to react to our environments as “dangerous” (through no fault of their own). Guess who can help you learn how to switch on that calm-down system? The Evolution Wellness team sure can.
Treatment for Anxiety
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. If you are interested in conquering your anxiety once and for all, it’s time to talk to someone who knows how to do just that. At Evolution Wellness, we can help you reclaim your happy, thriving life from your feelings of anxiety through therapy to build your coping skills (teach you start up your calm-down system) and increase your resilience to stress. Therapy can help you identify the thought, behavior, and belief patterns that lead to you to feel anxious. Working with a therapist can help you break free from ineffective patterns and create new habits that are healthy and sustainable. If you’re ready to start working with a therapist in Wilmington, NC, we’re here to help.
Our counselors are trained in (and we really believe in) whole body wellness. That means we’re not just worried about the health of your mind. 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 through strategies such as workout routines, meditation practices, yoga, and improved nutrition.
Medication management can also help with reducing your symptoms. Sometimes, people utilize medication for anxiety for short term relief from the overwhelming symptoms of anxiety, so they can fully engage in therapy to address the root causes of their anxiety.
Together We Can Tackle What’s Holding You Back
We know this can be hard. It’s possible that you’ve been debating seeking help for months, if not years. We are so glad you found us and have taken the courageous first step to learn more about counseling.
We are confident that, by working together, we can equip you with the tools you need to face and overcome all of the challenges in your life. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, marital problems, substance abuse, or depression, it is important that you know you don’t have to be alone in this journey. Let’s do this together.
Reach out to Evolution Wellness in Wilmington, NC to get started today.