Learning to Control Your Fears & Live a More Satisfying Life
Stress and anxiety are actually healthy and natural emotional responses in many situations, but people who experience disordered levels of stress and anxiety may start to feel like their worries are in charge of their thoughts and behaviors. Rather than giving you the motivation to prepare for an important job interview or providing the heightened response to keep you safe from dangers, disordered stress and anxiety can make everyday situations unnecessarily challenging, drain your energy, and leave you feeling out of control. Therapy for stress and anxiety in Little Rock at Compass Family Counseling helps people restore a sense of stability and start living a life filled with more joy. Learn more on this page, or get in touch with our therapists today.
When Should I Seek Therapy for Stress & Anxiety?
We all understand exactly what stress and anxiety feels like. You fret and worry over family issues or feel jittery at the thought of asking your employer for a raise. This is normal. In today’s chaotic world, most of us frequently feel nervous, even outside difficult scenarios. If concerns, fears, stress, or anxiety attacks are overwhelming you and impacting your everyday life, you may be dealing with a stress and anxiety disorder. People who struggle with disordered responses of anxiety or stress experience highly elevated emotional responses or chronic worry and fear that don’t align with their actual experiences. Some warning signs you may be dealing with disordered levels of stress and anxiety include:
- Feeling tense or restless
- Worrying constantly about your own safety and the safety of loved ones
- Fearing mundane activities due to a skewed perception of the inherent dangers
- Avoiding specific activities or people because they cause you discomfort
- Struggling to concentrate due to distracting thoughts and worries
- Catastrophizing or imagining the worst case scenario in every situation
- Experiencing physical fear responses like sweating, shaking, exhaustion, upset stomach, elevated heart rate, or difficulty breathing
- Sleeping too much or feeling unable to sleep
- Eating too much or feeling unable to eat
- Being unable to “let go” of worries about a situation even long after it happens
- Spending large amounts of time worrying about the hypothetical “what ifs” of a situation
What are the Benefits of Therapy for Stress & Anxiety?
Stress and anxiety are our body’s way of warning us that something may be wrong or that we’re in danger. Think about these emotions as the body’s emergency response system. When we engage in potentially dangerous activities, like driving in icy weather, our minds kick into overdrive, senses heighten, we hyper focus on the task at hand, and this change in mental and physical responses may save your life. Once you safely reach your destination, you experience a rush of relief as your emergency response system gets switched off.
Unfortunately, most of the stressful situations we experience don’t have clear beginnings and endings. Instead, your body is constantly trying to process low level or chronic sources of stress and anxiety like workplace conflict, tensions in relationships, financial worries, and other day-to-day concerns. Simply speaking, your mind and body don’t know when to let go of these kinds of stresses and send you that rush of relief. Your emergency warning system has gotten switched on, and it doesn’t know when it’s time to be switched off. That’s where therapy comes in. Your therapist can help you find ways to train your brain and body to manage your daily stresses with appropriate levels of worry, fear, and other emotional responses.
What to Expect During Therapy for Stress & Anxiety
Therapy for stress and anxiety with our Little Rock counselors is all about increasing self-awareness and learning skills to restore your sense of stability and peace. This process will be different for everyone, but most people will spend part of their therapy sessions discussing stressful situations, how they felt during and after the situation, and how they responded. It sounds simple, but often, taking time to review these moments helps the brain and body let go of the anxiety related to the situation. Referring back to the previous section, talk therapy can help you turn off your body’s emergency response system and reset your sense of safety and comfort. We also help you develop skills to cope better with elevated levels of stress and anxiety as they arise.
In addition to traditional talk therapy methods, there are numerous things you can do to reduce your elevated levels of anxiety, control stress, prevent or manage anxiety attacks, and restore hope, direction, and healing in your life. Your therapist will work with you to come up with good ways for you to manage stress in the moment. For some people, this is means including a spiritual or faith-based component to therapy sessions. Others incorporate stress relieving steps like meditation, deep breathing, yoga, and mindfulness techniques. Your best stress management solution may be something as simple as spending five minutes enjoying the outdoors on a walk if you feel overwhelmed. It’s all about recognizing the behaviors that cause stress, and finding ways to overcome the effects of these situations by taking actions that help to relieve stress.
Who Offers Therapy for Stress & Anxiety
Our skilled clinicians have the knowledge and skill to partner with individuals to achieve their therapy goals. Learn more about our counselors who offer therapy for clients who struggle with stress and anxiety by clicking the links below:
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We are here to help you navigate the trials of life, so don’t hesitate to reach out. We made setting up a therapy session with one of our skilled and qualified therapists as easy as possible, offering you three simple contact options:
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When you call, one of our team members will discuss your appointment request and gather any necessary information to direct you to the best counselor to address your individual needs and schedule a consultation call. If you email us or submit a contact request form, we will call you within 24-hours to setup a consultation with a therapist who will be ready to serve you. Either way, we’re happy to chat with you to answer questions and help you schedule your therapy sessions.