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What To Know If You're Struggling With Anxiety

November 12, 2023 Paula Gurnett, C.C.C.

If you're struggling with anxiety, it's important to know that you're not alone, and there are resources and strategies that can help you manage and cope with it. Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Seek Professional Help: If your anxiety is significantly impacting your daily life, consider reaching out to a Brainspotting therapist. Brainspotting Therapy is a treatment that targets the brain’s natural healing mechanisms by using focused mindfulness and eye movement. Throughout this treatment, your therapist stays closely aware of what is going on in your brain, mind, and body. They can provide support, guidance, and therapeutic interventions tailored to your specific needs. Brainspotting can treat psychological and emotional disorders, including anxiety, addiction, and depression. It is also effective in treating survivors of abuse and trauma.

  2. Educate Yourself: Learn more about anxiety and its different forms. Understanding what you're experiencing can be empowering and can help you work more effectively towards managing it.

  3. Practice Self-Care: Taking care of your physical and mental well-being is crucial. Ensure you are getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet, and engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation.

  4. Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness can help calm your mind and reduce anxiety. Practice these regularly to build resilience.

  5. Set Realistic Goals: Break down your tasks into smaller, more manageable goals. This can help reduce feelings of overwhelm and make it easier to accomplish what needs to be done.

  6. Social Support: Talk to friends, family, or a support group about what you're going through. Sharing your feelings can provide relief and help you feel understood.

  7. Limit Stimulants: Reduce the intake of stimulants like caffeine and nicotine, as they can exacerbate anxiety symptoms.

  8. Regular Exercise: Physical activity has been shown to have positive effects on mental health. It doesn't have to be intense—even a short walk can make a difference.

  9. Medication: In some cases, medication may be recommended, especially for more severe anxiety disorders. Consult with a doctor to discuss the potential benefits and risks.

  10. Journaling: Keep a journal to track your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This can help you identify patterns and triggers for your anxiety.

Remember that overcoming anxiety is often a gradual process, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to find strategies and coping mechanisms that suit your individual needs. Don't hesitate to seek professional help if you're finding it challenging to manage on your own.

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