How can counseling help with anxiety?
Simply finding a place to be authentically you can be a relief from anxiety. There are so many strategies and techniques to relieve anxiety. The first step is to get help. Counseling provides a uniquely safe environment where you can let out your feelings and share your experiences within an atmosphere of unconditional positive regard.
The counseling relationship provides a place for individuals to become free of anxiety through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This type of therapy aims at developing skills to help clients cope with their anxiety-related problems. Through the process of monitoring one’s own thoughts that are associated with specific anxiety provoking experiences, clients are encouraged to challenge what they believe to be the source of their anxiety and replace their negative thinking with positive thinking.
In tandem with CBT, self care is paramount in healing from anxiety. Therapy can be a place where you are held accountable for maintaining your own emotional wellness beyond the confines of the therapy office. Meditation, exercise and learning how to relax, along with hobbies that create positive feelings, are effective ways to deal with anxiety and rid your mind of stress. A sound body is conducive to a sound mind, as is the reverse. Finding simple moments to reach out to make others happy, even when they are unrelated to you, by sympathizing with them and by helping in times of need will work wonders for reducing your anxiety.
Therapy can help you to become more aware of how your own thoughts create negative feelings, which in essence can result in self inflicted anxiety. With therapeutic help you can learn to better care for yourself and enjoy life to the fullest.
So don’t bare the burden of worry and fear alone, share the journey with a therapist!
“The elimination diet: Remove anger, regret, resentment, guilt, blame and worry. Then watch your health, and life, improve.”
– Charles Glassman