Again, it’s normal to experience some anxiety in response to stress from everyday life. However, sometimes we experience anxiety or worry that is persistent, ongoing, and makes us feel overwhelmed. When anxiety interferes with daily activities, you may want to consider seeking help.
According to the American Psychological Association:
- 75- 90% of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
- Stress and anxiety are linked to the six leading causes of death–heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver, and suicide.
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually.
When you are worried, anxious, and under stress, you are like a balloon. You stretch to meet the demands of your family, work place, lifestyle, the environment around you. Like a balloon when stretched too far, you have a breaking point. If pulled too far, stress manifests itself in real conditions physically, and emotionally.
“There’s a misconception that anxious people are antisocial, short-fused or over-dramatic. But they’re most likely processing everything around them so intensely that they can’t handle a lot of questions, people or heavy information all at once. Anxiety is when you feel everything.” -Katie Crawford
What Does Anxiety Feel Like?
Before we can really talk about therapy for anxiety, it may be helpful to clarify what anxiety feels like.
Sometimes anxiety feels like a heaviness, either your mind feels heavy or maybe your heart. It feels like something isn’t right, but you’re not really sure what.
Other times, anxiety feels like a tight knot throughout your body. You just feel tense and can’t seem to relax.
Maybe you feel like your mind is always racing, thoughts keep popping up, even when you are trying to sleep. Your thoughts are going “a mile a minute” and in so many different directions that you feel overwhelmed.
Typically, anxiety comes up at the worst times, like when you have a deadline or when you’re finally in bed trying to sleep.
Ready for some good news?
Anxiety and stress related problems respond very well to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy For Anxiety (CBT for anxiety).
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
Our thoughts, feelings and behaviors are interconnected and impact each other. Sometimes the past, influences how we respond to events in the present. By using an evidenced-based approach Elika MFT challenges the behaviors and beliefs that maintain feelings of anxiety.
Living with anxiety and stress is difficult and exhausting-mentally, physically and emotionally! It takes a toll on your health and ruins the quality of your life.
Anxiety therapy is a safe and effective way to make sure that your life isn’t ruined by anxiety and stress.
Many of Elika’s clients choose her because they are looking for natural cures for anxiety. This is because they worry about medication side effects and are interested in natural anxiety treatment.
If you would like to discuss your anxiety symptoms with Elika, set your your free anxiety therapy consultation. Learn more about anxiety therapist Elika MFT and her approach to therapy.
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