Anxiety

If you are reading this, you may be experiencing some, or all of these symptoms: - 

 

  • Panic attacks

  • Being in a constant state of hypervigilance and tension 

  • Difficulty making decisions – even simple ones seem overwhelming​​​

  • Avoiding social situations

 

  • Excessive worrying

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Rapid breathing, sweating & nausea

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Feeling agitated all the time

You may have been experiencing anxiety before our new and evolving reality of a pandemic, social distancing and self-isolation, or this may be something new to you. 

 

Either way, the feelings of anxiety are not comfortable, and at times, may be quite debilitating, however anxiety, especially at this time, is a normal human emotion in response to a very abnormal situation.

 

The situation is made even more difficult by the fact that our brain uses past information in order to anticipate and prepare for the future. However, because this situation is unprecedented, our brains are unable to effectively and efficiently prepare for the future and this contributes to anxiety. 

 

It is important not to be critical of yourself for feeling this way. Especially at this time, we must try to keep up some routine, maintain contact with friends and family, even if only by phone or video calls. I think most importantly, is finding some time in the day to switch off from the news and focus on the here and now. 

 

It can sometimes be daunting to ask for help, but if you would like to explore your feelings with a trained professional, give me a ring for an informal chat and we can decide if counselling is right for you. 

 

I am currently offering telephone and video appointments. 

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