Anxiety, also known as “nervousness” or “bad nerves” is your body’s response to stress. Anxiety is a normal and healthy emotion, but it can be problematic when it begins to interfere with your day-to-day functioning. There are different types of anxiety including social anxiety, panic disorders, phobias, and generalized anxiety. Depending on the anxiety you have, you may find it difficult to leave the house, engage in conversations with others, fall asleep because you keep replaying scenarios in your head, or doing things you really want to do because you’re so worried. The following are some symptoms of anxiety:
Symptoms of Anxiety
- Excessive worry, even when there is no reason or blowing the worry out of proportion
- Racing thoughts, overthinking, and replaying thoughts
- Panic, fear, and uneasiness
- Increased irritability
- Difficulty concentrating
- Insomnia or problems staying asleep
- Shortness of breath
- Rapid heart beat (heart palpitations)
- Aches and pain
- Digestive issues
- Tense muscles
When to Get Professional Help for Your Anxiety
Anxiety is a natural and normal emotion that protects and warns of us of impeding danger as well alert us to risks and causes us to level up when having to performance. However, when it begins to interfere with your work, relationships, and physical health, it’s time to get professional support. Since many of the symptoms of anxiety manifest physically, you want to rule out any underlying medical conditions with your physician first.
When you choose counseling with Quanya at Her Therapy to treat your anxiety, I’ll use a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, stress management techniques, and mindfulness to help you manage your anxiety. With the work we’ll do, you’ll learn strategies to better manage and identify the triggers to your anxiety while gaining a wealth tools to support you in coping with stress so that you’ll feel better from the inside out.