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How Counseling Can Help Your Anxiety
Individual Counseling: Coping with Anxiety
Everyone worries, but how can you know if you have anxiety that needs individual counseling?
Some worrying and concern about the stresses of your life is normal. So when is it time for you to seek extra support in counseling?
Today, you will learn all about anxiety and how individual counseling can help.
What is Anxiety?
If you experience constant feelings of worry and fear that you can’t seem to overcome, you may be experiencing generalized anxiety disorder or GAD (Source). Here are some common symptoms of generalized anxiety that may sound familiar to you:
-Being “on edge” constantly.
-Being very tired and fatigued, even when you seem to get enough sleep.
-Having a hard time focusing on your daily tasks and activities.
-Unexplained body pains or digestive problems.
-Overwhelming feeling of worry that may be irrational and uncontrollable.
-Struggling to sleep or persistent insomnia.
Anxiety may seem like it comes “out of nowhere” and is not triggered by a stressful event or incident in your life. Additionally, you may notice that your symptoms likely only worsen with time. You may find that the longer you try to avoid the anxious feelings, the more intense they become.
Let’s say you read through that last section of this article and the symptoms were very familiar. Now what? There are a few different things that can help you not only cope with your anxiety, but thrive. Let’s talk about them.
Support from Loved Ones
One great way to combat anxiety is to talk about it with your family and friends. Seeking support and understanding from those around you can help you cope with the stress of navigating your anxiety. (Related article: Anxiety Help- Connect with Others)
Stress Management Skills
Altering some of your daily routines can be a great way to cope with anxiety. Adding routines like regular exercise, meditation, and mindfulness. (Related Article: Just Breathe! Reduce Anxiety with This Simple Exercise). These techniques can also help to support the positive outcomes that come with seeing a therapist about your anxiety.
Individual Counseling for Anxiety Issues
One of the most effective techniques for combating your anxiety is finding help through individual counseling (Source). Therapists use a few different techniques to confront anxiety. Two of the most common types of therapy that are used to treat anxiety are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Both CBT and ACT will provide you with practical ways to manage and cope with your anxiety so that you can get back to the things you enjoy.
Are you interested in pursuing therapy for anxiety? We are here to help. Start individual counseling in Orem, South Jordan, or Spanish Fork.
Written by Lauren Adkins