Understanding & Managing Anxiety

 Have you ever felt a pit in your stomach? Do you feel restless and have trouble concentrating? You may be experiencing anxiety, which can show up in many ways, take many forms, and be resolved in many ways. First, let’s take a look at what anxiety is.

What is Anxiety? 


Anxiety is a mental health condition defined by feelings of excessive worry, nervousness, or unease. The worry may be based on real or perceived threats. No matter the reason, your anxiety is valid. 

Intensified feelings of worry and unease can lead to unhealthy outcomes when the anxiety begins to impact your quality of life and prevent you from functioning in a normal manner. Common symptoms of anxiety include feeling nervous, helpless, a sense of impending panic and danger, increased heart rate, sweating or trembling, and obsessively thinking about things that trigger panic.  

Understanding Your Anxiety


Understanding anxiety can be hard when we don’t understand why we are experiencing it. For some people, it may be more obvious. For example, if you are a student cramming for an exam, it may be easier to identify that your anxiety is from school. 

This isn’t the case for everyone, some of us just feel it with no obvious indicator! No matter the reason, there are resources and help to improve your mental health. 

Treating Your Anxiety


Anxiety is complex, but luckily, there are many different ways to manage your symptoms! Let’s start with the basics you can do at home. Highly recommended ways to manage anxiety at home include: staying active, limiting caffeine intake, prioritizing rest, and eating healthy meals. If you have access, all of these things at home work great by also including therapy. 

When searching for a therapist, look for one that specializes in anxiety. They can assist in managing general anxiety symptoms, or assess for a possible anxiety disorder. Understanding your anxiety will result in getting the most accurate treatment for your symptoms. Common treatment modalities include but not limited to: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 

Alternatives 

You may be reading this and thinking to yourself that you have tried talk therapy and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and nothing has worked for you. You may be wondering what else you can try? Ketamine may be a helpful treatment for you, which is the only FDA legal psychedelic permitted in a clinical setting. The Ko-Op is providing relief to individuals who have felt the way you have. Check out our website to learn more about the benefits of ketamine-assisted psychotherapy.

If you are looking to manage your generalized anxiety at Growth thru Change, reach out to book a free consultation!

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