Anxiety: Weathering The Storm

What is Anxiety?

While stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, it is important to distinguish that stress is a normal physiological response we have to a trigger (e.g., a loud bang), whereas anxiety is a type of stress response that can persist without the presence of a trigger. While our stress response and anxiety are normal and necessary for our survival, excessive anxiety can negatively impact how we go about our life and our overall wellness.

Anxiety is a natural response to stress and a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. It can be triggered by a variety of factors

Signs You Might Be Experiencing Anxiety

Recognizing when you are experiencing anxiety involves being aware of both physical and psychological signs that indicate heightened levels of stress and worry. Here are some common indicators:

Persistent Worrying

Frequently feeling worried or anxious about various aspects of life, even when there is little or no reason to worry.

Avoidance Behaviors

Avoiding situations, places, or activities that trigger anxiety.

Expecting The Worst

Worrying excessively about different aspects of life, often expecting the worst outcome

Overthinking and Catastrophizing

Tending to think of the worst-case scenarios or overanalyze situations.

Irrational Fears

Having intense fears about specific objects or situations (phobias) that are disproportionate to the actual threat.

Physical Symptoms

Increased heart rate or palpitations

Sweating or trembling

Shortness of breath

How we can help

Our team of counsellors are experienced in navigating anxiety, and are ready to offer a wealth of tools to help you work through the storm and to find some peace and calm within it. Life around you will often have stressors, but through therapy, you can learn to navigate these stressors in a healthy and adaptive manner that doesn’t make you feel stuck and feeling overwhelmingly worried. Reach out today to booky our free consultation and learn more about how we can help you work towards a calmer future!

We have provided three common therapy treatments that are provided at Strive Counselling for you to learn about.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Focuses on identifying and changing negative thought patterns and behaviors to improve emotional regulation and develop personal coping strategies.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Focuses on accepting negative thoughts and feelings rather than fighting them, and committing to behaviors aligned with personal values.

Mindfulness-Based Therapy (MBT)

A practice that helps individuals become more aware of their thoughts and feelings in the present moment without judgment.

Crisis Services

If you believe you have an anxiety disorder, it’s important to see a doctor first to rule out other potential explanations for your symptoms, please reach out to Here To Help BC or call 604-620-0774 for information and community resources

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