Day-to-day life can be stressful and sometimes we may get pushed past our capacity to effectively manage it. We may find that we have become more easily overwhelmed than usual, and it begins to negatively impact our functioning and relationships.
If we also happen to have a brain that’s hard-wired towards anxiety, it’s highly adept at finding something, literally anything, to worry about. Sometimes those concerns will be very rational, other times they may not be. We can easily get stuck in certain patterns of negative thinking that may feel obsessive and counter-productive. When we sit in a constant state of stress, anxiety, and fear both our emotional and physical health can significantly suffer. Fortunately there are many tools and techniques that can help us to manage stress and anxiety better.
Counseling can help you:
- Better understand patterns and triggers in how you think, feel, behave, and perceive the world
- Understand and manage the physiological, not just mental, impacts of stress and anxiety
- Develop new coping skills and tools such as cognitive reframing, relaxation techniques, and mindfulness
- Address the use of alcohol and/or drugs
- Explore and improve your relationships and support system
- Understand the impact of your personal history on your personality development
- Improve how you make decisions, problem-solve, and manage conflict
- Maximize your strengths, reduce negative thinking patterns, and boost self-esteem
- Gain a sense of direction and control over your life