Anxiety can manifest itself in a variety of ways. Perhaps you feeling jumpy, on edge, or tense. Perhaps you feel tired, irritable and have difficulty making decisions. Anxiety can also interfere with your sleeping and eating habits, cause muscle or stomach aches, and and can even lead to intense episodes of panic and dread know as "panic attacks." Anxiety often keeps people in a nearly constant state of tension which is not only uncomfortable, but which can interfere with your ability to accomplish daily tasks or engage in activities you wish you could participate in. Bottom line, anxiety takes up a lot of energy, energy that could be better spent in other, more productive areas of your life.
In therapy we can start by teaching you basic relaxation skills to provide relief of the immediate discomfort of anxiety. We will then look at the thoughts that are perpetuating your anxiety and work to challenge them so as to achieve greater balance and calm.
Common symptoms of anxiety include:
- Feeling tense or on edge
- Muscle tension, pain, shakiness or spasms
- Difficulty concentration
- Feeling tired or worn down
- Chest or stomach pain
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded