Over the last two weeks, have you been bothered by the following problems:
- Excessive nervousness
- Worrying uncontrollably
- Muscle tension
- Afraid that something awful may happen
- Becoming easily annoyed/irritable
- Difficulty staying still
If you answered yes to any of these problems, this could be a potential indicator that you are showing signs of anxiety. It is not just about the symptoms, but also how intense these problems are. How often it is happening and how long does each episode last? Anxiety is a mental and physical reaction to perceived threats. In small doses, anxiety is helpful and can protect us from danger, by focusing our attention on the problem. But when anxiety is too severe, or occurs too frequently, it can become debilitating. There are a variety of disorders that fall under the anxiety umbrella. Some of the common disorders are generalized anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks.
Anxiety grows when we avoid situations that trigger us in the first place and do not work through it. When we avoid anxiety provoking situations, then a short-term relief from anxiety is experienced. The more we avoid, the more long-term anxiety grows. It is an ongoing cycle!
Here are a few tips for managing your anxiety more effectively:
- Talking with a trusted person in order to help you articulate your thoughts and emotions, gain clarity, and put things in perspective. Your support system can be family, friends, significant other or a therapist. Support should be non-judgmental and compassionate.
- Our thoughts are very powerful and developing the ability to challenge them to more fair and realistic messages can make a difference in our mood and essentially breaking the cycle of avoidance.
- Developing coping mechanisms- Breathing exercises are easy and could be used in any situation and environment.
To learn more about our anxiety groups, contact H. Aponte-Chimelis Counseling at 484-509-1038 or email: email@example.com
Hillary Aponte-Chimelis, LPC, PMH-C, R-PLC