Anxiety is a common emotion, and everyone experiences it from time to time. However, when feelings of intense fear or distress become persistent and overwhelming, they can interfere with our daily lives. This is when anxiety crosses into the territory of a mental health disorder. In this article, we’ll delve into the understanding and recognition of anxiety, its effects, and how therapy can offer valuable support.
Recognising anxiety in oneself or others is the first step towards managing it. Anxiety may manifest in several ways, including physical, emotional, and behavioural symptoms:
Physical Symptoms often include a racing heart, quickened breathing, restlessness, trouble sleeping, and frequent headaches or stomach issues.
Emotional Symptoms could range from feelings of dread or apprehension, to being constantly ‘on edge’. There can also be an excessive worry about past or future events.
Behavioural Symptoms might involve avoidance of certain situations that may cause anxiety, leading to social isolation.
Effects of Anxiety
Anxiety is more than just feeling stressed or worried. When left unchecked, chronic anxiety can have significant effects on our daily lives:
Physical Health: Persistent anxiety can lead to physical health problems like cardiovascular issues, including high blood pressure and heart disease.
Mental Health: Anxiety disorders can increase the risk of developing other mental health disorders, such as depression.
Social and Professional Life: Excessive worry or fear can interfere with relationships, work, school, and other aspects of daily life.
How Therapy Can Help
The good news is that anxiety is treatable, and therapy is often a cornerstone of effective treatment. Here’s how seeing a therapist can help:
Understanding Anxiety: A therapist can help you understand your anxiety – what triggers it, how it manifests, and why it’s happening. This understanding is crucial in managing anxiety effectively.
Learning Coping Strategies: Therapists can equip you with a toolkit of coping strategies. These might include cognitive behavioural techniques, mindfulness, and relaxation exercises.
Changing Unhelpful Thinking Patterns: Often our own thinking patterns can fuel our anxiety. Therapists can help you identify and change these unhelpful thought processes.
Support and Validation: Sometimes, just having someone to talk to, who understands and validates your feelings, can make a significant difference.
The Role of Jenny Ward Therapy
Jenny Ward Therapy offers evidence-based therapies to support individuals struggling with anxiety. Jenny’s services are tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. She offers her services remotely via secure video-conferencing, making her accessible to those who may not be able to attend in-person appointments. Jenny’s aim is to empower clients with the knowledge and skills to manage their anxiety and lead fulfilling lives.
Remember, it’s okay to ask for help. If anxiety is starting to interfere with your life, seeking support from a professional therapist like Jenny Ward can be a significant step towards reclaiming your wellbeing.