Anxiety and stress have thousands of medical and psychological studies to back up the theories that they cause any number of physical and emotional problems. As communication and travel in our world speeds up, so do our expectations. As our expectations of ourselves and others increase, anxiety increases.
The words anxiety and stress are not necessarily interchangeable although it’s something we as U.S. citizens tend to do. Anxiety is often the action of feeling “stressed out”. However, feeling stressed is not necessarily anxiety. Anxiety is something that tends to take on a life of its own and begins to feel as if it owns your mind and your body. Your heart rate may increase with no explanation. You may feel chest pain, stomach pain, get ulcers, clench your jaw, have interrupted sleep patterns and more.
If you suffer one or more of those symptoms you are probably one of the many people who live with an ongoing case of generalized anxiety. There are many doctors to prescribe a lot of prescriptions for the anxiety ridden. The better idea, however, is to address the anxiety itself.
First we work to determine how you, as an individual, experience anxiety. We don’t often have to search very far for the reasons. We can attempt to get rid of some of the life situations that cause anxiety. It tends to work better, however, if we look for ways for you to handle those situations in a new way so that anxiety isn’t the first place your brain wants to visit.
This is all encompassed in the deliberate act of creating new neuropathways. Sound confusing? It really isn’t. It’s a matter of training your brain to do something new. We do it every day! We only need to focus on the fact that anxiety is triggered by certain events. Once you can recognize the events when they are happening you can change your reaction into a deliberate action of a different kind.
It’s a little like carving out a small ditch from a large deep and heavy flowing river. In the beginning it feels a little agonizing when you’re removing mud one shovel-full at a time. Pretty soon the flowing water starts to remove that silt and mud for you. When you’ve got a good enough stream running off the river it’s easier and easier until you diverted the entire river because you’ve decided that destination called “Anxiety” isn’t the place you want to visit anymore!
Call me at (970) 682-3270 and leave a message or visit my Contact form. We can set up a 20-minute phone consultation to see if we make a good fit. I look forward to talking with you!