If you are reading this, you may be experiencing some, or all of these symptoms: -
Being in a constant state of hypervigilance and tension
Difficulty making decisions – even simple ones seem overwhelming
Avoiding social situations
Rapid breathing, sweating & nausea
Feeling agitated all the time
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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 pandemic has made the situation even more difficult by the fact that our brain uses past information in order to anticipate and prepare for the future, but we have never experienced this in modern times. The uncertainty of lockdowns, and then the lifting of lockdowns is filled with such uncertainty, our brains are unable to effectively and efficiently prepare for the future and this contributes to anxiety.
Whether your anxiety is due to current events, or this was something you were experiencing before, it t 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, by phone, video calls, or in person when able to. I think most important, is finding some time in the day to switch off from the news and focus on the here and now.
I can support you in understanding and exploring the reasons for your anxiety and work towards helping you manage it in a different way, now and in the future.
The internet is full of generic advice and tips of how to manage anxiety. However, my work with you is personal, together we will focus on helping you manage your current symptoms, but also explore the underlying reason/s why you are experiencing anxiety. Anxiety can be the result of many different life situations. Together we can work on strategies that will be personal to you and your situation, so that you can lead a calmer, more fulfilling life.
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.