Working Through Anxiety
Anxiety can be so debilitating that it interferes with daily tasks, moods, presence with loved ones, and ultimately, quality of life. It slowly erodes who a person is with physical and mental nagging.
Most sufferers have lived with it their entire lives. They have grown accustomed to living with such intrusive forces. Yet, just because they are habituated to it does not mean they have found a way to manage it. Some sufferers take medication with a little relief, others avoid triggers, and others just white-knuckle through it.
No matter how you currently manage such intrusive experiences, know that there is a way through this madness.
This won’t be easy but it is possible. There are plenty of approaches in the world of therapy, including but not limited to:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy basically includes lots of skills that address anxiety through Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance, and Interpersonal Skills.
A daily practice that can be done in a few seconds to several minute meditations to manage symptoms through relaxation, refocussing on the present moment instead of on the anxiety, and building a tolerance for anxious emotions through the practice of presence awareness.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is used to treat trauma that may be the cause of your anxiety, and to treat current triggers of your anxiety.
Exposure Response Prevention is used to treat OCD but can be used to desensitize to anxiety triggers in individuals whose anxiety has unhealthy coping patterns attached to it.
I use a few short meditations such as Happy Place, Safe People, Container for disturbing feelings and memories, healing light meditations, and mindfulness meditations. These help clients center and increase positive emotional experiences.
Somatic Experiencing is a treatment for trauma that is body focused and some approaches can be used to intensify good feelings and thus manage anxiety.
Keep your mind open to the answers that come to you. We will find what approaches work best for you!
Firstly, as always, find a knowledgeable therapist.
- Explore solutions.