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What Is Anxiety Counselling?
Anxiety counselling is often one of the best things you can do if you want to ease your mind. Anxiety is a an extremely common and often painful mental health condition that many people live with.
It can show up in many ways such as generalized anxiety, irrational fears, panic attacks, social anxiety and phobias. Anxiety is both a mental and physical reaction to perceived threat.
There are various ways that anxiety can show up for people, and without treatment, they can result in a panic attack that can be debilitating and frightening. That’s why it’s good to recognize the symptoms of anxiety and address them either through anxiety counselling or proven coping strategies.
Anxiety symptoms, as described below, all have something in common – the body is in a state of flight. Anxiety happens when the mind mistakes a situation as a physical threat and causes a reaction that is actually designed to physically protect us. This is rarely required in our modern world.
Finding a way to get the whole mind to understand that there is not an actual threat, is the solution – anxiety and panic therapy can help significantly.
Symptoms of Anxiety and panic Attacks
Anxiety is a mental and physical reaction to a perceived threat. There are various ways that anxiety can show up for people, such as “butterflies” in the stomach, sweating, an increased heart rate, rapid breathing, and racing thoughts. A more extreme experience of these symptoms can result in a panic attack. That’s why it’s good to recognise the symptoms and address them either through anxiety counselling or coping mechanisms to prevent it from escalating into a panic attack. Anxiety can also show up as avoidance of something or someone.
These symptoms all have something in common – the body is in a state of flight. Anxiety happens when the mind mistakes a situation as a physical threat and causes a reaction that is actually designed to physically protect us. This is rarely required in our modern world, so finding a way to get the whole mind to understand that there is not an actual threat, is the solution.
How To Treat Anxiety
Many people use self-led anxiety therapy to get relief, like books, holistic therapies such as breath work, yoga, sound therapy, experts on social media, and getting support from friends and family. Others may turn to medication to support their symptoms, particularly if anxiety is disrupting their life significantly and preventing them from fully experiencing life.
However, understanding how anxiety has been affecting you individually can be valuable in finding a way out of it. This can be done with the help of a professional anxiety counselling.
Professional anxiety counselling can be useful in really understanding your anxiety, but it can also be useful in adopting an individualized plan to cope with it. This can include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Somatic Therapy and others. There are also alternative methods that can relieve anxiety such as mindfulness and Rapid Resolution Therapy.