Are your attempts to control anxiety making it worse?

Does it seem like you can’t get over this anxiety no matter how hard you try?

 

As if this problem will always be part of your life…

 

You begin to wonder, “What am I doing wrong?”

 

More people than you can imagine experience anxiety.

In fact, anxiety is the most common mental health condition in the US. One in five people are affected by anxiety. That means that one out of every five of your friends, family and colleagues currently experience anxiety. Although, most people are too ashamed to admit they struggle with this condition.

 

The one secret about anxiety that my clients learn first is that the more we push away the anxious feelings and control the anxiety, the worse it gets.

 

Avoiding those places, people and things that triggers anxiety only makes it grow more intense. Avoidance trains our brain to believe that trigger is an actual threat.


But… anxiety feels so uncomfortable. At times, it feels as if you’re losing your mind. Anxiety is that feeling everyone wants to get rid of, but anxiety is about control.

 

Have you had a relationship with a person and tried controlling them? What happened….

 

My guess is that it may have worked for a period of time, but eventually the attempts to control that person backfired. Our attempts to control anxiety can be very similar.

 

What I suggest is something that goes against all your instincts to get rid of anxiety. But, if you’re reading this, what you’ve been doing isn’t working so it’s time to try something new.

 

Anxiety is an emotion that comes in waves. This mean it eventually subsides. If we’re able to accept that wave of anxiety as it comes up, then it’ll be less intense. Then, it becomes less frequent. The waves calm down.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to manage anxious feelings and thoughts, then consider attending my anxiety coping skills group or booking an individual counseling appointment. By using an eclectic approach to anxiety, we target the different aspects of anxiety so you can break free.  

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