Our counsellors at Curio Counselling work in a variety of different therapeutic modalities (like somatic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, etc.) that can be adapted to best suit your needs and work through your anxiety.
What is Anxiety?
Anxiety is a normal human emotion or state. It can be helpful in certain situations and is associated with our fight, flight, freeze, or fawn responses that are activated by threats.
For example, feeling anxious and entering flight mode can be useful when escaping a dangerous situation.
Things you might notice when feeling anxious include racing or worried thoughts, body sensations (sweaty or palms, increased heart rate, shallow breathing, tense muscles, etc.), emotions of fear, panic or nervousness, and behaviours like fidgeting, isolating yourself, and leaving or avoiding anxiety producing situations.
But what about when anxiety becomes unhelpful, too frequent, or starts to negatively affect our lives?
What are the Effects of Anxiety?
Anxiety can become problematic when we feel anxious about things when the anxiety is not actually helpful, prevents us from doing the things we want to do in life, or is draining us physically/mentally/emotionally. Here are some examples of anxiety that may not be helpful and some ways it can show up in our lives:
- General anxiety that is persistent. Anxiety is not necessarily about one specific thing, or jumps around to different issues but seems to always be there. We may feel a general sense of unease.
- Constant or excessive worrying. Ruminating on past situations or fears about the future.
- Panic attacks that can be triggered by specific stimuli, or seem to come out of nowhere.
- Intense fear about specific things or situations. This may include phobias like fear of small spaces (like elevators), activities (like driving/flying in a plane), or things (like snakes).
- Social anxiety that is activated by large crowds, talking to new people, public speaking, or any number of social interactions/situations.
- Avoidance of places, people, tasks, or situations because they create anxiety. This can limit how we experience the world and may cause isolation or stop us from doing things that are important or meaningful to us.
- Bothersome symptoms like digestive issues, trouble sleeping, problems with focus/concentration, fatigue, tense muscles, rapid heart rate, etc.
How Can Therapy Help Anxiety?
Counselling therapy can be very helpful in managing anxiety.
You can learn and practice specific coping strategies tailored to your needs that can help with the physical, mental, emotional, and behavioural symptoms of anxiety.
Counselling can also help you explore and process some of the previous experiences that may have contributed to your anxiety.
You can work with your therapist to find ways to gradually get comfortable with things that cause you anxiety.
Additionally, therapy can be a place where you feel validated and supported in your experiences of anxiety, which some people find to be a huge relief.
Our counsellors at Curio Counselling work in a variety of different therapeutic modalities (like somatic therapy, EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy, exposure therapy, etc.) that can be adapted to best suit your needs and work through your anxiety.
Book a free consultation today to take the first steps at managing your anxiety and creating the life you want to live.
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References & Further Reading
Anxiety Canada. (n.d.) Anxiety in Adults. https://www.anxietycanada.com/learn-about-anxiety/anxiety-in-adults
Kelly, O. (2022, May 14). What are anxiety disorders? Verywell Mind. https://www.verywellmind.com/anxiety-disorder-2510539
Mayo Clinic (n.d.). Anxiety disorders. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/anxiety