Anxiety is a normal part of being human. Like the butterflies in your stomach when you are going on your fist date or meeting with someone important to you. It can be how your heart races before doing a presentation or your "spidey" senses when you know something is not right. All of those feelings are a react called your fight or flight response. It is a good thing, it is meant to keep us focused, alert and ready to react to danger. However in today's world of honouring and valuing being busy our bodies can get stuck in this heighten state causing us to feel trapped by the fear. Making everyday activities difficult.
What Are the Symptoms of Anxiety Disorders?
Symptoms may vary depending on the level of anxiety
Nervous habits (ex. nail biting, pacing, bouncing leg)
Aches and pains
Diarrhea or constipation
Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
Loss of sex drive
Frequent colds or infections
Increase of intolerances or allergies
How Can Counselling Help with Anxiety?
These symptoms can feel like you are living on a roller coaster unable to get off. Counselling can help by exploring your symptoms (listed above), thought patterns, belief systems, and other factors that might be triggering your fight or flight response. We have beliefs about ourselves, family, friends, colleagues and the environment around us that through history, consciously and unconsciously we have accepted as truths that trigger our reactions. We will use techniques to calm your nervous system and re-train the brain to react differently. Some of those techniques include: Mindfulness, Brain train, Dream Team, Click, Focused breathing and others that will help you create the life you want.