Are you nervous and on edge constantly?
Is your brain constantly working on over-drive, thinking of one thing and another?
Do you wish you could turn these thoughts off and enjoy some peace of mind?
Do you often have a sense of panic and doom?
Anxiety can be a frustrating experience. It can keep you up all night, hold you back from doing the things you want to do, and cause you to have difficulty concentrating. Most people experience a mild level of anxiety in their life, but often when it becomes excessive, or irrational it can be helpful to talk to someone.
How to manage anxiety effectively
The good news is that it can be successfully treated. As previously mentioned, it is normal to experience some anxiety. After all, there are some things we are biologically hardwired to fear. It can motivate and protect us. On the other hand, anxiety can get out of control and become persistent, lasting for months, and affect our day-to-day functioning. So, our work together will be toning it down to a more manageable level.
Q: Help! What’s the best form of therapy for my anxiety?
The best therapy is to first understand why it’s happening. This can vary greatly from person to person. It is difficult as anxiety can come from a variety of different sources. But anxiety does originate somewhere and it does have some use for us. Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question. Find a therapist that makes you feel comfortable, safe, and free to express and explore yourself and you are well on your way.
Q: What books will help me?
It’s great if you want to learn more about anxiety. If you walk down your self-help/psychology aisle in Chapters, or browse through amazon.ca you will come across tons of resources. A couple of popular ones that clients seem to enjoy are:
The feeling good handbook, by David Burns
The mindfulness and acceptance workbook by John Forsyth and Georg Eifert