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An anxious heart weighs a man down... Proverbs 12:25 (NIV)
Are you struggling more than usual with anxiety right now? You are not alone. Even if you or a family member has not been affected by the virus, you may feel like you are in limbo waiting for the next announcement.
So many of us are worried about getting infected, or you may have fears that germs can be transmitted on surfaces, clothing, food or in the air. There does not seem to be definitive answers to your questions, and no way to stay completely safe.
What if you or a family member gets it, what will that look like? Do we even know the symptoms? How fast can it escalate to an emergency? Will you need a hospital? Will there be room in the hospital if you do?
Even if you and your loved ones are safe, you might be sheltering at home together 24x7, and that brings a lot of stress that is outside the norm.
Are You Struggling to Find Joy in Your Life?
Do you find you worry too much and find it difficult to stop? Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness? Do you find it hard to function some days and you don’t want to leave the house or maybe you feel you can’t go out alone? At other times do you wish you could turn off your frantic, racing thoughts and just focus and breathe for just a few minutes? Is it getting harder to pretend everything is ok? Perhaps you worry too much about the future and you find it hard to enjoy today. Maybe you are being too hard on yourself, or feel you are undeserving of happiness or love? Does it feel like life is passing you by? Are your relationships suffering?
Your anxiety or worrying may be an indication that you are feeling out-of-control or out of balance in your life or like you cannot handle difficult issues very well. These feelings can significantly impact your self-confidence, increase physical and emotional stress and can sometimes paralyze you from acting at all.
Most of us experience mild anxiety now and then, but when it is affecting your daily life, that can be an indication that something is wrong or out of balance in your life. There are many causes of adult anxiety, including trauma, illness, major life transitions, stress or a predisposition to worry. Sometimes you know what is triggering your anxiety (speaking to a large group, interviewing for a job, or planning a wedding). However, at other times, the cause of anxiety or depression isn’t as apparent, which may leave you feeling confused and even more uncomfortable.
Could I Have Depression?
Do you feel irritable and in no mood to enjoy the things you once did? Maybe you feel sad a lot of the time? Do you find it hard to sleep or maybe you want to sleep all the time? Is it harder to find the energy to do even small things? Do you feel yourself not wanting to leave the house?
Many People Have Struggled with Anxiety and Depression.
Everyone feels afraid, worried, stressed or sad at some point in life. Anxiety can be normal or even necessary in certain circumstances. Normal anxiety keeps us busy, reminds us to pay the bills, and pushes us forward to succeed. However, if you feel like your fears and worries control your life, you may be struggling with anxiety.
It is not uncommon for someone suffering from anxiety to also experience depression. Many people visit doctors hoping of getting relief from anxiety or depression symptoms that often mimic physical illness. When negative feelings are intense, it is difficult to identify the feeling and know what to do to feel better. You may have found it challenging to manage the anxiety or depression on your own. Resources such as self-help materials and the support of friends and family can be helpful but often they are not enough. If you have not made progress, you may find that you have become discouraged and afraid that change is not possible. I want you to know something…
You Are Not Alone and Things Can Get Better!
If your efforts have not been successful, you may have been trying the wrong things.
Unfortunately, many women suffer from the demands of life and self-defeating thoughts. You don’t have to go through this alone. There are proven strategies for treating depression and anxiety that are effective. In fact, counseling is shown to be the top strategy for overcoming depression and anxiety. Effective coping skills can help you manage anxiety and/or depression rather than avoid it. I have the tools you need to move past this and get your life back!
I Want to Help You Reclaim Your Life!
Together we can work to help you identify and address the thoughts and situations that are contributing to your anxiety. In a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment, you can work through difficult emotions and learn ways to gain more control over your thoughts, feelings, and your life. Imagine what it would be like to finally start off the day with hope rather than dread. Through counseling, you will be able to manage your negative thoughts and view your life with a more positive outlook.
Counseling involves the use of specific types of therapy that have been proven to be effective. Generally, I use solution focused and practical psychotherapy techniques to create lasting change. Drawing on my training and years of experience I will help you assess your situation and together we will create an effective treatment plan.
Questions and Concerns
I Am Too Depressed or Afraid to Come In
It takes courage to call a counselor and to come in. People often remark on how much better they feel after they have taken that first step. I will listen closely to your concerns and we will come up with useful strategies to help you reach your goals. You are not alone.
I Am Worried About the Cost
Learning to manage anxiety or depression is an investment in your physical and emotional health and wellness. Anxiety and depression symptoms often result in doctor visits; the drugs prescribed are costly, may have side effects, and don’t address the main issue. Anxiety and depression also take their toll in terms of missed opportunities and lost possibilities. The skills you will learn in counseling will be with you for the rest of your life.
In counseling, you can develop:
- more self-awareness,
- breathing techniques,
- grounding techniques, and
- stress reduction strategies.
These will help you to reduce anxiety and tension. As you develop more mindfulness, you can also begin to identify, examine and address any barriers, behaviors or negative self-beliefs that keep you from effectively coping. With help, it is possible to shift your perception or view of yourself and your situation and feel more positive and empowered.
Even if you’re feeling hopeless right now, it is possible to better understand yourself and your anxiety or depression and to begin feeling better. With help, you can learn practical, attainable skills to help you manage your painful symptoms and work through the issues that are getting in your way. It is possible to gain more control over your anxious thoughts and feelings, as well as let go of the thoughts and emotions that are keeping you from living a peaceful and pleasurable life.
I invite you to call me for a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your specific needs and any questions or concerns you may have about therapy. If you are ready to get started, you can contact me to schedule your first appointment at phone 828.513.6491 or visit our contact page.
Call me for a free 15-minute consultation 828.513.6491