Maybe you’re exhausted because your mind is constantly turning thinking of all the things. You are mentally done. Let’s talk about your never-ending to-do list. It just continues to grow and you’re not sure how much longer you can go on like this. All signs lead to burnout. If somebody adds just one more thing to your list…
Speaking of SNAP. You’ve probably snapped at your loved ones or at the dog. You’ve definitely snapped at that driver that cut you off, and goodness if your neighbor catches you at the wrong moment, you may snap on him too, but this isn’t you and you know that. Who is this person? You just feel lost. You’ve become distant from friends and family but only because you’re craving a break. When they ask “how are you?” You give a simple “meh” or “I’m okay.”
Over the years, your anxiety symptoms have told you that you are responsible for everyone’s happiness and safety so you can’t possibly let them down now. It’s all on you to maintain this idea of perfection.
Like all emotions, anxiety or stress can be healthy. Anxiety and stress are our body’s response to situations that our brains perceived as dangerous. If your life is in dangerous situation, we want our brains to alert us to the danger, through our anxiety so we can defend and protect ourselves. It is when our brains begin alerting us to things that aren't real threats, like experiencing panic attacks when you are about to perform in front of your class or colleagues, that anxiety becomes problematic. This is where our anxiety counselors at Long Island EMDR can help. Whether you’re struggling with social anxiety, performance anxiety, or want to stop avoiding people, places or activities because of your anxiety, anxiety counseling can provide you with the support you need to get your anxiety symptoms in check.
At Long Island EMDR, Anxiety counseling typically begins with your anxiety therapist inquiring about the times when anxiety strikes, identifying your anxiety triggers, pinpointing situations you tend to steer clear of due to their tendency to intensify your anxiety symptoms, and delving into the strategies that have thus far aided you in managing anxiety. Additionally, we will offer valuable resources to enhance your anxiety coping mechanisms. The initial pivotal phase in anxiety treatment revolves around discovering effective coping strategies, which may encompass mindfulness practices, grounding techniques, and prioritizing self-care. Subsequently, the next stage in anxiety treatment often entails engaging with some form of exposure therapy. In certain instances, this exposure may involve confronting and addressing anxious thoughts.
Anxiety may impact different areas of your life including family, work, health, and social relationships. While everyone experiences anxiety differently below are some common anxiety symptoms:
Feeling like you have your life back. Regaining that personal power and getting yourself back in control. Coming home after a long day and being able to sit down without a constant nagging thought of what you “should” be doing. Girl, go ahead and enjoy that glass of wine and kick your feet up! Hearing that inner critic and knowing it’s just some bullshit that you can choose not to listen to. Spending time with family and friends, feeling happy, and enjoy being present.
It’s possible, and it’s what we here at Long Island EMDR want to accomplish with you.
At Long Island EMDR, we understand that meeting with an anxiety therapist in person may seem well, anxiety-provoking. So, we offer a few things to help get you started. To start ask for a free 15-minute consultation so you can see if the counselor is a good fit for you. Additionally, we offer online anxiety counseling so you can receive support from the comfort of your own home.
In fact, a study from the Journal of Anxiety Disorders demonstrated that online Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is just as effective in treating anxiety and depression as in-person counseling. If you are tired of feeling stuck, overwhelmed and on-edge then it is time to take that first step and reach out today so that you can begin to live a life free from the chains and burdens of anxiety.