Anxiety. The word alone can cause discomfort and aversion. We all experience anxiety in our life, for example, leading up to a job interview or a first date. In those cases, it is only natural to feel nervous.
However, there are situations and periods of time in which anxiety can take over our lives and become increasingly overwhelming and unpleasant.

We can judge ourselves for feeling anxious, thinking it is a result of something we are doing wrong. We may try to reorganize our schedules and lives or distract ourselves with substances. While these are all attempts to feel better, they do not always help. You may find yourself dealing with it all on your own because it’s embarrassing to share your experiences with the people in your life.

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What is anxiety?

A feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about imminent event or something with an uncertain /unknown outcome. Heightened awareness of things that may go wrong in the future.

The different types and degrees of anxiety have similar symptoms, but on the surface they can look different.

People who suffer from anxiety tend to have extra sensitive ‘fire alarms’ that react too often when there isn’t a real reason to be alarmed. If you detect a potential danger it’s not supposed to be easy for you to stop thinking about that threat, but if there is no real threat around you and you keep feeling like there is it can be exhausting and time consuming. 

Unfortunately, in order to deal with anxiety on a daily basis people will often go to and use unhealthy resources that only help to decrease anxiety temporarily, such as numbing with substances, television, avoiding and more. In the long run these behaviors can actually increase anxiety and become more damaging. 

Some anxiety in the right levels, when it’s not overwhelming, frequent, or long standing, can help us and contribute to our vibrancy and arousal for optimal performance. For example, while taking a test, if you feel too relaxed you might preform less better than when you have a small amount of stress or arousal in your system.  It’s normal to feel anxious when we move out of our comfort zone. But when we don’t move beyond our comfort zone, we can feel stuck, empty, unfulfilled and even unhappy.

Examples of how anxiety might show up in your life:

  • Inability to sit still
  • Increased heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscular tension
  • Discomfort in the stomach
  • Change in body temperature
  • Trembling
  • Drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Unwanted and/or racing thoughts
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Hyper-vigilance
  • Fear
  • Feelings of impending doom
  • Feeling paralyzed
  • Inner turmoil
  • Excessive worry
  • Hopelessness and more..

How therapy for anxiety helps:

Therapy can be particularly effective in dealing with anxiety, because it helps you feel more connected, understood and cared for in the places where you feel isolated, shameful and stressed.

Whether anxiety is something you experience often or something you simply want to understand better, The Anxiety Relief Center invites you to give us a call today. We are here to offer you the best care and advanced resources available so that you can better understand and sooth your anxiety.

Tips for relieving anxiety right now

Move your body-Get up! Walk around the room and move. Stretch your arms and back. Take a deep breath through your nose and let out a big sigh from your mouth. Open your chest like a proud peacock and walk around for a few minutes until you notice a shift, a settling down.
Remember, it’s going to pass and you are going to be okay.

Breathing– take deep breaths into your belly. Inhale and exhale deeply.

Grounding– The 5-4-3-2-1 Rule. Look around: name 5 things you can see, find 4 things you can touch, name 3 things you can hear, find 2 things you can smell, find 1 thing you can taste.

Nature-lay on grass, lean against a tree, put your hands and feet on the ground, take a walk or hike in nature, take a bath or run your hands under water, breath fresh air

Physical contact-hugs, gentle touch to yourself or from someone else who is safe to you.

Animals-pet your animal, go for a walk with your dog

Music-listen to music that settles you, sing, play an instrument

Be creative-draw, dance, paint, cook, collage, write in your journal, write a poem, take photos, arrange fresh flowers.

The Anxiety Relief Center understands therapy can be an integral part of an holistic self care practice, panic & anxiety relief. Image of person doing yoga.


Types of anxiety disorders:

  • Social anxiety
  • Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
  • Anxiety attack
  • Panic attack
  • Phobia
  • Agoraphobia