How Do I Get Relief From Anxiety?

While I do help people get relief from anxiety, it's really more that they need a set of skills that they can repeat well beyond our time together in our sessions to be able to manage stress and anxiety. You can go onto the internet to various reputable websites i.e. National Institutes of Health, The American Psychological Association, and probably dozens of other websites, and find some varying definitions of what anxiety is. But really for our purposes, there are two things that most people that suffer from anxiety would agree on.

  1. It’s about the future. It's a fear of the future.
  2. It’s a feeling in the body. Some people might feel a tightness in the chest or perhaps a feeling in their stomach.

Most of those definitions, and most clients that I've worked with, or people that I've spoken to that have had issues or suffer from anxiety, would say that they have a fear of the future. In other words, they're worrying about something when they think about doing something or something that they have to be involved in, and they start thinking about the 77 ways that it could go wrong. When you think about it from caveman times, this is really like in our caveman dna, we were meant to look for the negative. And I Know that sounds horrible, but it's a reality. I mean, if you were born in 10 B.C. on some island like Fiji, a beautiful paradise island, when you woke up in the morning and looked out onto the horizon, you'd be looking for the dark cloud that might come in and wash away your island.

A very practical way to think about this is if you've walked on a trail in the woods and you hear a little rustling in the bush or something, all of your attention and focus immediately turns to those sounds and you're looking to see and determine if there's a threat. So your sympathetic nervous system begins the stages of going into what we call fight or flight. So this thing can kind of be installed, if you will into the subconscious mind. The subconscious may have had an event happen in the past, which could be real or perceived, and it sort of maps out these different things that could cause you to need to protect yourself.

It could be a real event or it could be a perceived event. I've actually seen clients who can recall where it started, and it was something that they watched on television or a movie. Some people have had real experiences, like being a victim of a crime and it could be a stronger response, more like what’s) associated with post-traumatic stress (PTSD. Whatever label you want to put on it, you want control over that - the thoughts, emotions (worry, fears, etc.) and the feelings in your body. So this is one of the things that I like to educate people on, just in layman's terms, what is actually happening in the body.

When we go into that fight or flight response, that's the sympathetic nervous system going into action, producing hormones like adrenaline and cortisol and things. But then the parasympathetic nervous system needs to pull us back down, hopefully, to even us out. But sometimes those systems get out of whack, and we end up in a heightened, longer-term, anxiety state where some people are battling with it every day. Sometimes it's depression because the parasympathetic nervous system overworks the system and pulls down into a depressed state.

If you or someone you know is suffering from any of these problems, please contact me. Click on the link below. You can register for a brief webinar. You can learn about the programs that I offer. After you watch that 12-minute webinar, then you can schedule a brief phone consultation. And let's have a conversation so you can see how we can get you relief from anxiety today.

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