Anxiety and Stress Management
It is absolutely possible to get a handle on your stress so that you can find more balance and well being in your life. I use specific embodied practices and stress management tools that you can learn right away to decrease your physiological reactivity; along with ways to address thoughts and self-talk that may impact your states of worry and apprehension.
Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever-increasing demands of life. Some stress is good for us – not all stress is bad. Our brains and bodies are hard-wired with an alarm system to help protect us. When our brain perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel our capacity to respond and survive. This is the “fight–flight-or freeze” response. Once the threat is gone, your body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. Unfortunately, with the nonstop stressors of modern life our alarm system rarely shuts off. This means our body can be constantly on high alert and over time can lead to serious emotional and physical health problems, including insomnia, headaches, back pain, depression, mood swings and tension. Chronic stress can also weaken our immune systems.
Anxiety is a part of life in our contemporary culture. There are many situations in life where it is appropriate to react with some anxiety. There can be a range of anxiety reactions – ranging from feeling slight unease, to a full blown panic attack. Anxiety affects your whole being, it includes psychological and physiological responses. Physiological symptoms of anxiety include: muscle tension, queasiness, feeling nervous or jittery, sweating, rapid heartbeat, or fear. Often with anxiety you may not totally know what you are anxious about. You might be anxious about losing control, or about something “bad” happening. Anxiety can impact your ability to express yourself or take actions in your life.
We will look at what is causing your stress and what beliefs and patterns that may be in place that cause you to maintain the stress response. We will work with your thoughts and beliefs, as well as specific tools to help you decrease your stress response so you can experience more joy, better relationships and increased well being.
Some ways I support clients to decrease stress and anxiety include: mindfulness, body awareness, breathing practices, guided imagery, cognitive reframing, meditation to help focus the mind, and yoga therapy. I will work with you to offer specific techniques based on your needs and what works for you.
Don’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life ! I am happy to support you in learning a range of stress management and anxiety reduction techniques that can result in your feeling more calm and in control, increased contentment and more peaceful.