Dealing with anxiety can be challenging to say the least. Furthermore, it can leave you feeling exhausted as if things are never going to get any better – but this is not true! Help is available and you can change the way you live your life.
WHAT IS ANXIETY?
Anxiety can make things seem worse than they are, and can also prevent you from carrying out everyday tasks, maybe even leaving the house. While stress is something that will come and go, anxiety can affect a person even if the cause in unclear. Ordinarily, people may feel ashamed to ask for help, or believe that it’s not ‘that big a problem’ thus covering their feelings and dealing with it alone. However, it’s important to know that you deserve support. If you’re not comfortable talking to a loved one, there is help available.
While feeling anxious is a natural response, suffering from anxiety long-term can be very intense. Moreover, anxiety will affect individuals differently, however, there are common symptoms listed below.
• rapid and/or irregular heartbeat
• fast breathing
• trouble sleeping
• feeling irritable
• lack of concentration
• panic attacks
Talking to a counsellor can help in many ways, including helping you understand what may be causing your anxiety, and teaching you coping techniques to help you deal better in your every day tasks. Anxiety can be addressed by a number of different therapeutic approaches, however, the most commonly used technique is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Cognitive behavioural therapy looks to help you manage problems by enabling you to recognise how your thoughts affect both your feeling and behaviour. CBT combines two approaches; examining your thoughts and the way you behave. This helps to break any overwhelming problems down into smaller, more manageable tasks.