However, there is a difference between experiencing momentary periods of anxiety and suffering such intense levels that you have difficulty going on with your day’s activities. These heightened feelings are important to identify and, if impacting your daily life, important to address.
The biggest obstacle in dealing with anxiety is often the fact that it’s been with you since you can remember. You probably regard yourself as having been an anxious child, and those growing up with you would tend to agree. But, the dangers of anxiety have been evident for years. It can easily overcome your life and keep you from enjoying what that life has to offer. In fact, there are times when you can quickly cease to function due to overwhelming anxiety.
There may be a specific reason for your anxiety that you can quickly identify – the loss of a loved one or an uncomfortable work situation, for example – but it may take time for you to get to the root of the problem. A qualified therapist can help ascertain what’s going on for you specifically and how to manage your anxiety.
You worry about everything, even small details of little consequence.
You worry all the time, no matter how life is going.
You experience physical manifestations (tense muscles, elevated pulse, sweating, etc.)
You have many fears, some of which are unfounded or irrational.
You could easily write up a list of phobias you have.
You doubt yourself on a regular basis.
You expect that the worst will happen to you or others.
You have difficulty falling asleep or getting a full night’s rest.
You are “hyper aware” of your surroundings.
You often feel restless or “on edge.”
You experience chronic indigestion.
Dealing with an anxiety disorder can be difficult and will take time to correct. An experienced therapist who can help identify your triggers and help you manage each one through a variety of methods will be indispensable on your road to recovery. While feelings of anxiety may not go away entirely, they can be controlled and regulated. By taking the proper steps to identify your anxiety, deal with the underlying causes, and formulate a treatment plan, you will quickly see your life improve in ways you may not be able to currently imagine.