Anxiety

Anxiety/anx·i·e·ty/aNGˈzī-itē/

  1. A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  2. Desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease.

If you are looking at this page because you suffer from anxiety, I am glad you are here, getting information and thinking about reaching out to get support.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress, but when it takes over the body and mind it creates a lot of suffering for people. Symptoms can include rapid heartbeat, aches and pains, and muscle tension and often can lead to depression if not treated.

In any given year, about 18% of the US population, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, is suffering from some kind of anxiety disorder so you are not alone.   Anxiety disorders lasts six months and often get worse without some intervention. Like depression, anxiety is thought to be caused from a combination of genetic factors, medical conditions, substance use/abuse and the circumstances of your life.

Here is the good news?  Anxiety is an attempt to stay safe.  Our stressors from yesteryear were to be eaten by lions.  Our stressors aren’t usually as immediate today but our brain and body still respond to a work deadline, public speaking, divorce and other life stressors as intensely as the lion scenario.  So, we can make friends with our anxiety and recognize there is not anything inherently wrong.  Our make up designed this for good reason.  We just need to remind our body and mind, there is no lion.

I work with clients to get immediate relief from their anxiety symptoms and get to the root causes of their anxiety so they have tools to head it off before it takes over in the future.  If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, you can view my schedule here.

Is there anything I can do right now for anxiety?

See the Depression tab for the Move Your Body and Mindfulness exercises as a starting point.

In addition, you can try these;

  1. Face your Fears worksheet
  2. Challenge Your Anxiety Related Thoughts Worksheet
  3. Guided Meditations – This link takes you to a selection of guided meditations by Tara Brach that are free and of differing lengths.  When you are leash training your brain (my moniker for mindulness practice) guided meditations can help out beginners and anxiety sufferers.  But if Tara’s meditations don’t appeal to you find your own guided meditations, smart phone app or attend a Spirit Rock event with mindfulness practioners all over the Bay Area .