Anxiety, stress and worry...they can leave you feeling like you’re on a treadmill that never stops.
Your thoughts can go a mile a minute and it's hard to turn them off. You feel restless and exhausted too, like you're carrying around a heavy weight. And you have trouble relaxing, because the anxiety affects your body, making you feel tense and tight.
And maybe your schedule and your to-do list seem to have taken over your life. Sometimes you might even think you can't cope anymore, when the bumps on the road of life send you into overwhelm.
It's time to get off the anxiety treadmill.
You don't have to put up with it any longer. And you certainly don't have to struggle through it alone.
The good news is that stress, anxiety and worry can be eased and managed. Sometimes even small changes add up to big relief, no matter how the anxiety is showing up in your life.
Anxiety might show up as a nagging worry that's just below the surface.
It keeps you distracted and you find it difficult to concentrate. You try to cope by mentally rehearsing the day’s tasks again and again. The tape runs over and over, but it doesn’t really help. Then, in the evening, it’s hard to relax and let go of the day.
Or maybe you can't stop worrying about the day to come. You wake up in the middle of the night anxious about your kids, your job, your relationships, your finances, your health. It could be almost anything.
And sometimes, you might not even know what's causing it.
Anxiety therapy can help you calm your mind and body, and bring you back to the present.
Although you may feel knocked off balance right now, there are many ways to soothe your stress and step back from overwhelming worries.
In fact, mindfulness techniques and cognitive behavioral strategies can be very valuable in treating anxiety. As your therapist I can help you learn and practice them.
We'll also do some soul searching to get to the root of the problem. If you're a woman who feels stressed, worried or anxious, you probably tend to put a lot of pressure on yourself. You try to be there for everyone else.
But when you begin to shift that even a little bit, you can make a huge difference in your life.
Beyond the symptoms of anxiety: You’re more than just a list.
These days it’s easy to go online and quickly find a list of multiple anxiety symptoms. You’ve probably seen them...
- Excessive worry
- Edginess and restlessness
- Impaired concentration
- Muscle aches and soreness,
- Sleep difficulties
- Panic attacks
- Irrational fears
- Extreme social discomfort
Without a doubt, anxiety can be serious and debilitating. But the thing is, you’re more than just a list of symptoms. You’re unique, and depending on your personal history, anxiety may show up differently for you, particularly as a woman.
Did you know that women are twice as likely to experience anxiety as men?
It’s not because you’re high strung, more nervous, or less grounded than men. It’s because you’re likely to experience more complicated stressors related to work life, home life and relationships. That means that your experience of anxiety may be more complex. It might look like...
- Never feeling fully on top of things
- A sense of your motor always running
- Feeling stifled by the pressure to be perfect
- Worries about ending up alone and unloved
- Concern about body image and physical attractiveness
- Disconnection and disengagement from the joys of life
- Pressure from family members to act or behave a certain way
- Fears about being judged harshly by other people
- Holding yourself back from trying new things and taking risks
- Overwhelm from doing the work of two or more people at home
- Conflicting workplace messages about what’s expected of you as a woman
It is possible to create more ease, calm and balance in your life.
Working together, I’m committed to helping you give yourself space to breathe fully again. We'll access the deep wisdom of your mind, heart, body and spirit. And I’ll stand by you and support you in discovering what works for you.
Anxiety Treatment FAQ
I learned I could trade my paralyzing self-judgment and fear of the unknown for more trust, experimentation and vulnerability.
-Unsolicited email from a client, used with permission
You can learn to give less space to stress, worry and anxiety.
I offer a free consultation so you can explore whether working together would be a good fit for you right now. You can meet with me by telephone or at my Santa Rosa therapy office.
PLEASE NOTE: I'm currently booked through the summer, and will start taking new clients in September.
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