What is anxiety? Generally speaking, this is a condition in which the mind is focused on an outcome to a situation that is negative. Generally, the outcome that is considered a worry to the individual is often far worse that what will occur. Most people worry about that worst case scenario. It feels good to worry – you can think about what could happen, plan for what the worst is, and prepare yourself. Yet, anxiety is not just an emotion. It impacts your overall well-being and health as well. And, it impacts your relationships. Sometimes, anxiety becomes too much and the support of a therapist becomes essential.
When Does Anxiety Cause Problems?
Most people have felt anxious feelings before. Your heart races. Your mind is going through so many thoughts and “what if” situations. You can’t stop from sweating, not sleeping, and even eating a poor diet. Anxiety can be a good thing. It is a physical reaction to stress that ultimately drives people to make better decisions. But, sometimes, anxiety becomes too much and causes negative outcomes.
Is this happening to you?
- Do you find that your anxiety is causing you to miss out on life? If you are anxious about doing something, and you miss out on opportunities because of it, it is negatively impacting your life.
- Do you find yourself unable to sleep or eat well because you worry?
- Do you feel that your life is nothing but negative? Anxiety can often overwhelm individuals even when the situation is not necessarily that bad.
- Are your relationships impacted by it?
- Are you unhappy?
Anxiety creates negative situations like this, but you are empowered to take steps to overcome it. How can you see through these frustrations? Work with a therapist. Get to know what is at the heart of your anxiety and, by recognizing that, you can learn how to make better decisions about your future. What can you do to recognize when you are being over anxious? What should you do to improve the way you feel every day?
When you work with a therapist, you gain insight into prevention as well as treatment for anxiety. You get to talk and you get to hear an opinion from someone that understands what you are going through at that very moment. Do not overlook the value of turning to a professional for the support you need.