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Anxiety—is it ruling your life?

Some stress, referred to as eustress, can be a good thing. It can help to keep you motivated and on track to accomplish daily tasks and stay on top of all of your responsibilities. But sometimes anxiety can take over and it may feel like you are losing control. 

A few signs that anxiety may be causing impairment in your life include:

-You spend a lot of time during the day worrying about multiple things.
-You feel angry but cannot seem to pinpoint why.
-You notice you start to panic more often that usual.
-You are tossing and turning at night and falling asleep is much more difficult than it used to be.
-You have feelings of impending doom.
-Your thoughts are racing and you can’t seem to focus on tasks. 

These experiences may become overwhelming and you might even start to isolate, but you are not alone and there is help available to work through these anxiety symptoms and take back control of your life. 

The first step is understanding that you are not anxiety. Anxiety tends to stem from distorted thinking patterns. Here at 253 Therapy and Consult we utilize a variety of ways to help manage anxiety including but not limited to: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema therapy. 

CBT works by identifying how a person's thoughts and behaviors create unhelpful anxiety. Therapists work with clients to learn how negative thought patterns influence a person's feelings and behaviors. 

ACT works by helping a client establish psychological flexibility by practicing acceptance and committing to taking actions that align with a client’s values. With clients that experience unhelpful anxiety, many times they are fused with distorted thoughts. ACT helps diffuse from those thoughts and practice value-driven behaviors that help influence positive thinking patterns. 

Schema therapy works by diving into the origin of distorted thinking patterns, many times originating from early childhood. By learning the unhelpful messages that we continue to carry into adolescence and adulthood, clients may gain awareness to when, how, and why these anxiety-driven messages started to take over and become an inner critic. By gaining awareness, clients may start to notice when these messages are influencing their current thoughts and behaviors and start to break the anxiety cycle. 

Anxiety doesn’t have to be a debilitating force continuing to wreak havoc in your life.

Reach out for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you on your journey.

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