Your Guide to Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common issues that people face. It’s something that can creep up on you and take control of your actions (or lack of actions) and sometimes you won’t even realise it.

 

A lot of you will just want to know how to get rid of anxiety. Firstly, you need to understand what it is and why it is there in the first place.

 

This does mean facing your anxieties, which sounds scary, but is the first step to conquering this hurdle.

 

Anxiety can get in the way of your life so much that you will do anything to rid yourself of it. 

So, what is anxiety?

Understanding anxiety begins with why it’s there in the first place. When homosapians first evolved, our brains had to create a way to signal that there was danger, otherwise we wouldn’t live for very long. 

 

This is why you get that feeling when you look a long way down – it is built into you to know when something is dangerous.

But, we’re not running away from woolly mammoths anymore

If your mind is telling your body to run away from something, what’s to say it’s correct in the present?

 

Anxiety may be bringing something to your attention, but it’s in the best interest of your own mental health development to upgrade and learn new things.

This is where the fight begins against anxiety.

A problem arises when you keep pushing it down. Those anxious feelings just grow and grow as your brain keeps on thinking 

‘Why haven’t you done that thing?’ 

‘Why have you stopped?

‘Have you forgotten?’ 

‘Is there something wrong?’

So it will keep reminding you over and over again. But with more and more intensity until it leaks into all different situations and becomes your default response to life. Then when it becomes your default response, your anxiety will start to creep up in any old situation – even ones that you wouldn’t have been anxious in before.

So what can you do about this? Can you get rid of anxiety?

The short answer is yes. Beating anxiety is something that can be achievable for anyone, even when you feel like you cannot control it. It is in you to step away from the anxiety and teach yourself what it is, why it is there, and how you can quell it for good.

 

When you answer these questions for yourself, you can change how you see anxiety, form a new relationship with it and not be afraid to work with it rather than fighting and pushing it down.

 

Anxiety is a mountain that many of you will climb and talking therapy and counselling is there to take you through that journey in the safest and most effective way possible.

How does counselling help with anxiety?

Counselling is a vastly successful means of understanding your emotions and how you relate to them. 

 

In terms of anxiety, counselling helps to build new models and behaviours for yourself which will keep anxiety within your control and with a new perspective on why it is even there in the first place. 

 

Once you find the right counsellor for you, the journey to beating anxiety can be a successful one. Find out more on Therapy in London and how we can help.

 

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